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Person 1: So that’s why I’m pro-choice. Person 2 (our hero): Thanks for explaining. I think I get it, but I want to make sure I understand your view correctly. Let me ask a couple questions to clarify.

Ask Clarifying Questions

No matter how long you’ve been doing this, you can’t assume that you understand “the pro-choice position.” The next pro-choice person you talk to won’t have the exact same viewpoint as the last pro-choice person you talked to. Every person brings different ideas to the table. To have a real conversation, you need to understand each other.

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Person 1: I’m pro-choice. Person 2 (our hero): Okay. I’m interested to know what that means to you. In which cases do you think abortion is okay?Our hero: I know abortion is a difficult subject, but I’d love to have a calm and reasonable conversation with you. I know we both want to help people, and we both want to do what’s right. I bet we can both learn from each other!Person 1: Abortion obviously kills a human. How are pro-choicers so dumb? Person 2 (our hero): Pro-choice people are usually quite reasonable. I know I’ve been wrong about important things before, even though I wanted to do what’s right.Person 1: ...so that’s why I’m not convinced. Person 2 (our hero): You made some really good arguments. I’ve never thought about it that way. Can we talk again after I’ve had some time to study this more?
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