I don’t remember the first time I learned about abortion, but I do remember becoming increasingly aware of groups that were working to combat it. I remember picking up brochures in the back of churches to take home. I’d collect these brochures and newspaper articles and keep them in a yellow folder. I don’t know what I intended to do with this folder and its contents, but even then, back in elementary school, I knew this was important information and it seemed like something worth saving.
One of the biggest challenges we as activists face when engaging the public in dialogue about abortion is presenting the pro-life argument in a way that others will be open to accepting it. Often clearly sharing the facts is not enough; I find that I almost have to show them that I am not changing their mind or the way that they see abortion, but rather they are changing their mind on their own and really all I did was guide their self realization. If you ask me, it really is an art.
I was at SAIT, a college in Calgary, Alberta with our team of volunteers and staff. I held a “Life” sign and passed out brochures, hoping to catch a few students on their break and hear what they thought about abortion.
It was a good day for conversations and all our volunteers were chatting with students when a young woman stopped by my sign and shared with me that she didn’t like abortion. She understood that the pre-born child is a living human being, just like you and I, and deserves the same protection.
“What do you think about abortion?” I asked a student at Mount Royal University, who was right around my age.
“I would have an abortion,” she told me. It was not just a stubborn pro-choice response, as that statement often is. She was firm in her tone, but not harsh, and though she was holding herself together, I could see the tears she held in her blue eyes.