Your Conversation Navigator
This guide will help you navigate 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. Prepare by committing to memory 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.
Sometimes pro-life people get sidetracked from why abortion is wrong, instead focusing on related issues, such as how abortion affects mothers. Jay Watts provides a helpful reminder: There is a difference between why abortion is wrong and what’s wrong with abortion. There are many things that are wrong with elective abortion—such as how it affects family members—but there is one objective reason abortion is wrong: It intentionally kills innocent humans.
Good navigation requires good tools. The most effective means of calling others to action is with pictures of the victims you want to help. Share these images with the youth’s parents first to make sure you’re on the same page.
In your mentor meeting with the youth, say, “You and I might have a lot to say about abortion, but this isn’t our story. It’s really about the actual people killed by abortion. They can’t speak, but they can tell their stories visually. I’d like to show them to you.”
Find Common Ground
To find out where to take the conversation, suggest the youth join you in pro-life outreach. How they respond will guide your mentorship through this topic.
Say, “You and I agree abortion is wrong. I have an idea of what we can do about it. I’d like to start an outreach group to change how people think and feel about abortion, so that even while it’s legal, fewer parents will kill their children. Would you like to be part of this?”
Point to Truth
Now that you know where to focus your mentorship, chart a course pointing toward truth.
Follow Their Ideas
Sometimes you will have to take a detour. Even if they see merit in your ideas, they might have adopted ideas from their cultural setting which need to be explored before they can agree that abortion is wrong and demands action.
So, follow their thinking for a bit to show where it would lead. As they present arguments or slogans they’ve heard, discuss the logical conclusions of their ideas. Here are some examples:
Watch Out for Pitfalls
There are some common obstacles on the path of meaningful conversations. Watch out for these.