Josh Brahm is President of the pro-life Equal Rights Institute, an organization he founded after twelve years of activism that’s dedicated to helping pro-lifers become more persuasive in making the case in a largely secular milieu.
Brahm lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and three children. Crux contributor Charles Camosy recently spoke with Brahm about the direction of the pro-life movement in America, especially in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.
I suppose the topic on most everyone’s mind at the moment is the election results. Now that you’ve had a few days to process it, can you give us your general reaction to what went down?
I feel very conflicted about it. I was #NeverTrump since March 10th. I can respect the pro-life people who begrudgingly voted for Trump because of the Supreme Court ramifications, and now that he’s won, I hope that he does nominate good justices and fulfills his other promises to the pro-life movement like defunding Planned Parenthood.
I remain concerned that Trump will be seen by our culture as the face of the pro-life movement, a movement that has been falsely called anti-woman for decades. I’m also concerned that leftists won’t see this election as a lesson that they also ran an awful candidate resulting in ridiculously low Democratic turnout, but as “proof” that half of America is racist, causing even more division.
I think the vast majority of people voted for Trump, not because they liked him, but because they liked Hillary Clinton less, which is saying something.
We already knew this, but the election reminded us that we are divided as a country. The election also revealed some deep divisions in the pro-life movement. Indeed, it may have facilitated some of them. What do you think about this division?
I think we can unify as a movement, but I have strong concerns. As I recently wrote, I know several pro-life leaders who said before the election that they couldn’t imagine how anybody could actually be pro-life and not vote for Trump unless they have no understanding of how politics works.
There’s a “No True Pro-Lifer” thing going on there, and I’m concerned about the effect of an attitude like that even after the election.
We all have a series of decisions to make for the next four years. We can spend them taking jabs at each other or we can exercise self-control. Every remark a pro-life person makes to alienate well-meaning but misguided people from the work of saving babies is a remark for which that person is culpable.
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