This month I had the pleasure of going on a roadshow around Scotland with a group called Project Truth. The aim of Project Truth is to educate about all the incredible things that happen during the first ten weeks of pregnancy, as that is when the most abortions occur in the UK.
It was an entirely unique experience for me. It’s nothing like standing outside a clinic, because in that situation you could almost guarantee abortion is on the mind of everyone you encounter. It’s also different from a rally or a march, where you would only come across people who believe strongly either way. For the most part, we were met with ambivalence and unawareness.
As an active member of the prolife movement, it’s easy to forget that many people don’t think about abortion on a regular basis. Thus, people were very much caught off guard when we would hand out our flyer listing many of the developments a child goes through in womb. We got mixed reactions to this. Some people would simply walk away, some would engage with us in conversation and debate, some would show support, and many would crumple up the flyer and throw it away or hand it back to us. One woman even chewed it up and spit it out.
I learned an important lesson on the roadshow, which I think is important to the prolife movement as a whole. We need to go out and shake people out of their ambivalence. Abortion has been accepted as a societal norm and it is our job as active prolifers to challenge that, not just with the outspoken prochoicers, but also with the people who claim not to have an opinion. The majority of people you would encounter on the street do not have a developed argument for or against abortion, they simply think it does not affect them, and therefore it does not matter to them. We need to challenge people and make them reconsider.
We need to do is knock people off the fence. That may mean something different to each of us, whether it’s public outreach like the Project Truth Roadshow or something simpler, like starting a discussion among friends. Go out there, start the conversation, challenge the norm!