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What Does “Pro-Life” Mean?

First impressions are important. When someone asks this question, you have an awesome opportunity to represent the whole pro-life movement. Don’t let this scare you. Focus on being respectful and you’ll do fine.

Explain the values at the heart of the pro-life position: equality, nonviolence, and human rights. Plainly say that you’re against abortion, but emphasize the positive values you support. Make it clear that you’re motivated by love for the preborn, and you want to help pregnant women.

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Person 1: Why are you pro-life? Person 2 (our hero): In short, I’m pro-life because I support equality. I think all members of the human species are equally valuable, regardless of sex, race, intelligence, or anything else.Person 1: I don’t like abortion, but it’s a necessary evil. Person 2 (our hero): I’m glad you agree it’s best to avoid abortion. I recognize that pregnant women face real problems, but we should demand better solutions than abortion.Person 1: Pro-lifers’ real goal is to control women’s sex lives. Person 2 (our hero): I’m sorry you’ve had bad experiences with pro-lifers. I want to help pregnant moms and their kids no matter how the pregnancies started.Our hero: Racism, sexism, and homophobia are wrong because they devalue people based on superficial qualities. We’re all members of the human species, so we’re all equally valuable. Fetuses are members of the human species, too.
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