Course Overview

Arguing Against Abortion will equip you to graciously and persuasively defend the sanctity of human life. In this course you will learn the same techniques Trent Horn uses to engage pro-choice callers on Catholic Answers Live and refute defenders of legal abortion in live, public debates.
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Course Overview

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Skills covered in this course:

In this course you will learn the same techniques Trent Horn uses to engage pro-choice callers on Catholic Answers Live and refute defenders of legal abortion in live, public debates. These include:

  • Maintaining a gracious and peaceful tone

  • Simplifying the issue of abortion

  • Defending the personhood of unborn children

  • Answering the “My body, my choice!” argument

  • Refute the "Back-alley abortion" claims

  • Answer overpopulation arguments

  • Counter religious pro-choice arguments

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Arguing Against Abortion
  • 2
    An Overview of the Issue
    • Lesson 1: Clarifying Terms and Tone
    • Quiz: Clarifying Terms and Tone
    • Lesson 2: History of Abortion in the United States
    • Quiz: History of Abortion in the United States
    • Lesson 3: What Is Abortion?
    • Quiz: What Is Abortion?
    • Lesson 4: Abortion and Graphic Images
    • Quiz: Abortion and Graphic Images
  • 3
    Simplifying the Issue
    • Lesson 5: Simplify the Issue
    • Quiz: Simplify the Issue
    • Lesson 6: Trot Out a Toddler
    • Quiz: Trot Out a Toddler
    • Lesson 7: Arguments from Choice and Privacy
    • Quiz: Arguments from Choice and Privacy
    • Lesson 8: Arguments from Overpopulation
    • Quiz: Arguments from Overpopulation
    • Lesson 9: Arguments from Imposing Morality
    • Quiz: Arguments from Imposing Morality
    • Lesson 10: Arguments from Illegal Abortions
    • Quiz: Arguments from Illegal Abortions
  • 4
    Proving the Biological Humanity of the Unborn
    • Lesson 11: When Does Life Begin? (Part I)
    • Quiz: When Does Life Begin? (Part I)
    • Lesson 12: When Does Life Begin? (Part II)
    • Quiz: When Does Life Begin? (Part II)
    • Lesson 13: Objections to the Biological Case
    • Quiz: Objections to the Biological Case
    • Lesson 14: Development vs. Construction of Embryos
    • Quiz: Development vs. Construction of Embryos
  • 5
    Proving the Personhood of the Unborn
    • Lesson 15: What Is Personhood?
    • Quiz: What is Personhood?
    • Lesson 16: Personhood and SLED
    • Quiz: Personhood and SLED
    • Lesson 17: Personhood and the Brain
    • Quiz: Personhood and the Brain
    • Lesson 18: Personhood and Desires
    • Quiz: Personhood and Desires
  • 6
    Answering Bodily Autonomy Rights For Abortion
    • Lesson 19: Bodily Autonomy Arguments (Part I)
    • Quiz: Bodily Autonomy Arguments (Part I)
    • Lesson 20: Bodily Autonomy Arguments (Part II)
    • Quiz: Bodily Autonomy Arguments (Part II)
  • 7
    Answering Arguments from "Hard Cases"
    • Lesson 21: Hard Cases: Pregnancies Due to Rape
    • Quiz: Hard Cases: Pregnancies Due to Rape
    • Lesson 22: Hard Cases: Health of the Mother and Child
    • Quiz: Hard Cases: Health of the Mother and Child
    • Lesson 23: Abortion and Legal Punishment
    • Quiz: Abortion and Legal Punishment
    • Lesson 24: Answering Ad Hominem Arguments
    • Quiz: Answering Ad Hominem Arguments
  • 8
    Theological and Practical Issues
    • Lesson 25: The Bible and Abortion
    • Quiz: The Bible and Abortion
    • Lesson 26: Church Teaching and Abortion
    • Quiz: Church Teaching and Abortion
    • Lesson 27: Arguments from Conscience
    • Quiz: Arguments from Conscience
    • Lesson 28: Abortion and the “Consistent Life Ethic”
    • Quiz: Abortion and the “Consistent Life Ethic”
    • Lesson 29: Abortion and Contraception
    • Quiz: Abortion and Contraception
    • Lesson 30: Practical Pro-life
    • Quiz: Practical Pro-life

Meet Your Instructor

  • Trent Horn

    Instructor

    Trent Horn

    After his conversion to the Catholic faith, Trent Horn earned master’s degrees in the fields of theology, philosophy, and bioethics. He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, where he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them.