When I am doing pro-life activism, I frequently think of the quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When my colleagues and myself have conversations with people each day about abortion, there are two things we know will stay with each person that we speak with: how we made them feel as we talked with them, and the images of the crushed bodies of pre-born children that we show.
I was nervous when I first took to the streets to discuss the issue of abortion with people. I studied the arguments. I read Scott Klusendorf’s Pro-Life 101three times. I went on CCBR’s Pro-life Classroom and watched all of the videos, some of them more than once. I practiced on my classmates at school and on my family at home. I was told that I was ready. And in many ways, I was. I was as ready as I could be.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
CCBR is a non-sectarian organization (after all, you don’t have to be religious to see that abortion kills children and killing children is wrong). Nevertheless, there’s a strong association in our public consciousness between Christianity and all things pro-life, so we hear this verse fairly often. Ironically, I usually have it quoted at me as part of someone’s judgment of our work and why we’re going about things all wrong.