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Person 1: I don’t regret my abortion. Person 2 (our hero): I’m glad you weren’t harmed by your abortion. If you’re willing to share, I’d be interested to hear what led you to seek an abortion.Person 1: I don’t regret my abortion. Person 2 (our hero): I’m glad you’re okay. If you’re willing to share, I’d be interested to hear what led you to seek an abortion.

Glad You’re Okay

It’s not always time to make a pro-life argument. Remember to show compassion and listen to understand. Abortion is a really sensitive topic! Be prepared for any conversation to emotionally affect people, and understand that if someone is upset, they’re not prepared to think reasonably. They will probably reject any argument you make, and even view arguments as personal attacks. We don’t want to upset people, so when you’re talking with someone who may be emotionally affected by the conversation, it’s a good idea to spend a lot of time building trust and common ground. You may not even get to make a single argument in your first few conversations with someone! That’s okay. You’re still making positive progress even if all you’re doing is moving toward an environment where your conversation partner feels safe enough to think about what you’re saying with an open mind.

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Person 1: Don’t judge me for my abortion. You haven’t lived my life. Person 2 (our hero): You’re right, I’m sure I can’t imagine what you’ve been through. I’m not here to attack you. Would you be willing to share more about your experience?Person 1: I was raped. I got pregnant and I had an abortion. Person 2 (our hero): I’m so sorry to hear that. Rape is a terrible crime. Thinking about it makes me sick. Nobody should be forced into sex, and nobody should be forced to become pregnant.Person 1: She had sex. She deserves to deal with pregnancy. Person 2 (our hero): Let’s not attack women. The best way to end abortion is to focus on the humanity of the preborn, and anyway women in crisis pregnancies aren’t our enemies.Person 1: If abortion is outlawed, women will die in unsafe, illegal abortions. Person 2 (our hero): I’m concerned about this too. Abortion is worse when the mother dies. But I’d say abortion is never safe, since I value the mother and fetus equally.
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