Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tips for Pro-Lifers

There's an interesting article posted on the Live Action website with 5 key tips to remember when talking to "pro-choice" folks.  Really, these tips apply whenever we talk to someone we disagree with and are good to remember.  The article can be found here.

Here's an excerpt:

Tip 2: Don’t chase the goose
Don’t let red herrings, or changing the topic, stray you away from the main point of the conversation: that abortion is wrong because it intentionally kills innocent human beings. Just as I wrote this article I got bamboozled and fell victim to the red herring trap. Someone I was talking to online said she supported abortion because, although the unborn are definitely living and definitely human, they don’t have a right to life because they’re not persons. Now, what I should have done, what with all my extensive knowledge and experience (not!), is to have stayed on topic: “What I hear you saying is that you support a procedure that kills a definitely living and definitely human being.” What I did instead was get lost in the goose chase trying to explain personhood, which, although obvious to me that every human is a person, is a stickier situation and not as easy to prove. It’s better to stick with the hard, scientific data.

If they say the world is overpopulated, don’t get into it about how it’s really not. It doesn’t matter. We don’t kill humans as population control. If they say more women will die from back-alley abortions, don’t go into statistics about how it’s not true. It doesn’t matter. It is not ok to kill humans just because “it will happen illegally anyway (for more on this topic see my Facebook note Self- Induced Abortions).”

When it comes to the wild goose chase, refuse. Stay on topic. Abortion is wrong because it kills innocent people. Killing innocent people is wrong. And, as Alex Hitch said to Albert Brennaman when he taught him how to dance, “this is where you live. Right here. This is home.”


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