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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?

Pro-Choice Views Are Not All Alike

The terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life” are not always clear cut. Many people have nuanced or fuzzy ideas about abortion. Sometimes, two people have similar views about abortion, but one describes herself as pro-life while the other describes herself as pro-choice simply because of the influence of their communities.

Don’t make the dangerous mistake of assuming that you and your “pro-choice” friend disagree about everything. You two can probably find a lot of common ground! Take the time to understand their ideas.

A good starting point is to ask in which cases abortion is okay. People are often prepared to answer that question. Many pro-choice people are against late-term abortion or sex-selective abortion. Some pro-choice people even think abortion is never okay — they just don’t feel that it’s their place to stop others from getting abortions.

Try to dig in deeper to learn about their background and how their views were formed. By asking lots of genuine questions and listening carefully to the answers, you can really understand their view and have a productive conversation.

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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.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: ...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?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.
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