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. Revisit for yourself 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 this, 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. Abortion is wrong because it intentionally kills innocent humans.
Good navigation requires good tools. To call others to action, start with pictures of the victims you want to help.
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, see if you can find common ground on a similar topic. This will allow you to clarify the disagreement, which will be the focus of your dialogue.
Say, “Imagine we were talking about some other group. What if we knew over 2,000 toddlers would be intentionally killed today in the US? I’m ashamed to say I would do more for those toddlers than I do for preborn babies dying by abortion. What about you?”
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 problems with their current thinking.
So, follow their thinking for a bit to show where it would lead. Below are some examples.
Watch Out for Pitfalls
Once you get into a conversation about launching pro-life outreach, there are some common objections you might face.