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.