Ben Shapiro Owns Berkeley Student Who Challenged Him on Abortion [VIDEO]

Ben Shapiro Owns Berkeley Student Who Challenged Him on Abortion [VIDEO]

Ben Shapiro Owns Berkeley Student Who Challenged Him on Abortion [VIDEO]

I don’t listen to talk radio anymore. I’m burned out on the bombast and the callers. However, I do listen to podcasts on my twice-weekly trek to our satellite office, and love listening to Ben Shapiro’s show. He’s articulate, funny, and is probably the smartest guy in any room he enters.


So I was eager to watch the livestream of his address at UC Berkeley on Thursday night. You know, the speech that cost UC Berkeley over 600K in security because a little Jewish guy wearing a yarmulke and professing conservatism might bring on the Final Horseman of the Apocalypse. Or cause liberal heads to explode, a là Scanners.

However, no animals or students were harmed during Shapiro’s address. He’s not a provocateur like Milo Yiannopoulos or Ann Coulter. Shock speech is not his stock-in-trade. Oh, he called his Antifa opposition “pathetic, lying, stupid jackasses,” and dropped the word ‘bullshit’ a few times. But he also invited liberals to challenge him after his speech in a question-answer session. He treated them with respect, skewering their arguments rather than bombing them with cheap ad hominem attacks.

And, because this was a university setting, the issue of abortion came up. As an Orthodox Jew, Ben Shapiro is firmly on the side of life. As a Harvard-trained attorney, he knows how to defend his points. Yet there was one guy who thought he might challenge the master and win. It didn’t go well for the student. Shapiro took the challenger’s points and deftly trained them back on him.

Here’s the exchange:

It’s interesting, isn’t it, that when Shapiro crushed the student’s faux erudite argument about ‘sentience,’ the student devolved into the real root of the pro-abortion argument. And it boils down to this: I don’t want to have this baby! Therefore, I get to choose if this baby’s life is valuable. Because it’s my body. Me, me, me. Mine, mine, mine.

Defeated, the student backed down. Thankfully, he gave Ben Shapiro the same respect that Shapiro gave him. I can only hope that Ben lit a small light among some of the more thoughtful liberals dwelling in the toxic air of UC Berkeley.

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  • GWB says:

    It’s easy to defeat the pro-abortionists on all arguments about abortion, except two. Those two are ultimately what many – especially women – eventually resort to: how can you doom the woman to suffering, or how can you doom the child to a life of pain and suffering.

    These are the two that they eventually come to because most women who support abortion rights are honestly worried about pain and suffering, deep down inside. They know the child is a person, and they know it’s not something you can blithely toss away. (The others you can’t convince, anyway, because they really don’t care about the child.)

    For those children conceived in rape (the most common argument about the woman’s suffering), I simply argue that whatever emotions the woman is going through, and whatever physical pain, she should remember that she is delivering life to a new human being. That’s an incredible thing. That should be an honor. It should bring her joy that something beautiful will grow from the evil that was done. And, that I will gladly take that child and raise it myself if it would be too much for her “to view a reminder of my rape every day”.

    As to a child born deformed/handicapped, I give the same proposition: I will take that child and raise it myself, all challenges accepted. Someone argued with me that I didn’t understand just how much effort is required – I disagree. I know it would shake my life to its foundations, probably bankrupt me. I said I would rather that than see the innocent child killed.

    The only argument (this was regarding a Downs Syndrome child) that had any merit to me was when they mentioned that I could be dooming my other children (or other relatives) to taking care of the child when I became no longer capable (because some handicapped children will require care their whole lives). That is something for which I would try to make arrangements.

    I think Ben made that young man think. And that’s dangerous for a leftist, because pulling on a thread can lead to unraveling of their whole blanket. And, when they have to give up their woobie, they might just have to become a conservative/libertarian/constitutionalist!

    • Lynn says:

      Being pregnant, having a child, can be frightening under the best of circumstances. Do I have enough? Can I do enough? Am I strong enough? The tragedy, I think, is that instead of pulling together to say “You – YOU – are enough, and when you can’t feel that for yourself, we are here with you,” – instead, we simply expect that women should hang their heads and say “The time isn’t right, the circumstances aren’t right.”

      I’d like to think your other children would feel honored, not doomed, to pick up where you left off.

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