Your Conversation Navigator
This guide will help you navigate the conversation with pointers of what to say and how to say it. But it is up to you to work it into a natural dialogue.
Conversations require at least two people. That means you have two different stories, possibly two different worldviews, and plenty of opportunities for confusion. But meaningful dialogue is still possible. Our team creates it every day, and so can you.
Click through the navigator below. Then hit “continue” to start the conversation.
Know the Case
To be effective, dialogue must be well-informed. Start with these three lines clarifying why abortion is wrong:
- It is wrong to intentionally kill innocent human beings.
- Elective abortion intentionally kills innocent human beings.
- Therefore, elective abortion is wrong.
In discussions about abortion, most pro-choice people ironically want to talk about everything except abortion. They prefer to talk about the mother’s circumstances or other related topics. But while those matter, it is not too much to ask that a conversation about abortion be about abortion.
To make that happen, you must have clarity on why abortion is wrong. That way when the conversation veers off course, you can identify it right away and get back on track.
Good navigation requires good tools. The easiest way to keep dialogue on track is keeping visual evidence of abortion central. Download pictures from our gallery. Order handouts from our store. When you start to veer off course, point back to these pictures.
Remember: You are a whistleblower. That is an important role, but the victims of injustice provide the most powerful testimony against it. Abortion victims can’t speak. But when you let them be seen, they testify against abortion.
Find Common Ground
To find out where to take the conversation, start with where you agree.
Say, “Abortion is often seen as complex, so let’s start with a simple topic I’m sure we agree on. I believe it’s wrong to purposefully kill an innocent toddler. Would you agree?”
They will probably say, “Yes.”
Next say, “In the same way, I think it’s wrong to kill preborn babies. What do you think?”
Point to Truth
Now that you know where you disagree, you can chart a course pointing toward truth.
Follow Their Ideas
Sometimes you will have to take a detour. That’s because many people won’t change their minds on something until they understand how bad their current thinking is.
So, follow their thinking for a bit to show where it would lead. As they present arguments or slogans supporting abortion, discuss the logical conclusions of their ideas. Here are some examples:
Watch Out for Pitfalls
There are some common obstacles on the path of conversations with pro-choice religious leaders. Watch out for these.