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Person 1: You’re a man, so you can never truly understand what women go through. Person 2 (our hero): I totally agree. Let me ask a question; bear with me. Suppose I find a woman drowning her toddler. I don’t know what she’s going through. Should I intervene?

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Don’t expect this analogy on its own to change anyone’s mind. Pro-choice people usually feel that there’s an important difference between abortion and drowning toddlers. The point of the analogy is just to bring those differences to the surface. Listen very carefully as they explain what they feel is the crucial difference between abortion and drowning a toddler, and go from there.

They might point to something about the fetus herself. They might think abortion is similar to killing a plant or removing a tumor. On the other hand, they might point to something about the situation the fetus and mother are in. They might think abortion is similar to unplugging a ventilator or defending yourself against an assailant.

Rarely, someone might bite the bullet and say to let the toddler die. In this case, we recommend that you drop the abortion topic until you can reach agreement about toddlers.

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Person 1: You’re a woman! Don’t you understand that you’re betraying your own sex? Person 2 (our hero): I think women and men have equal value, and I think women’s rights are important. My support for equality is actually why I’m pro-life.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: Yes, of course killing toddlers is wrong. But a fetus is different than a toddler. Person 2 (our hero): I’m glad we agree killing toddlers is wrong. I agree there are a lot of differences. Can we talk through the differences that you think matter?Person 1: Nobody knows when life begins. Person 2 (our hero): I want to be sure I know what you mean by that. Are you talking about the start of a biological organism? Or the start of a valuable person?
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