Equal Rights Institute trains pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively.
We’ve tested our arguments during thousands of conversations in order to create innovative pro-life apologetics that will register with pro-choice people by using an argument from equality of all persons to help them see the humanity of the unborn. Our relational approach helps our students refute the toughest pro-choice arguments while loving the pro-choice person in front of them.
We use speaking, writing, YouTube videos, podcasts, online courses (Equipped for Life and the Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass), and campus outreach to train pro-life advocates in the areas of practical dialogue tips, relational apologetics, pro-life philosophy, and sidewalk counseling. We have already spoken to over 24,500 people at 214 speeches in four countries and 23 states and our articles have been read by over 221,500 people since ERI began in 2014. When pro-life advocates discover ERI’s resources, they consistently tell us they have been searching for the answers and tools that we provide. Our students report that because our unique approach is more practical and effective than previous training, they now have more gracious conversations about abortion.
We believe that the pro-life movement becoming more loving and thoughtful is a necessary (although not sufficient) condition to change our culture enough to end legal abortion.
ERI strives to encourage gracious dialogue between pro-life and pro-choice people. We oppose name-calling and demonization of pro-choice people. We oppose cruelty to women and men that have histories with abortion. And, of course, we vehemently oppose any abortion-related violence, including violence against doctors that perform abortions, and attacks on their facilities.
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