All of us are part of the pro-life movement in some way, whether that be joining a club, praying (in front of an abortion clinic or elsewhere), or even being one of those weird bloggers on this website called Prolife Youth! Even though most people can do at least one of these aforementioned things, there’s a few more universal, here-and-now ways that you can support life.
No matter what stage of life you're in, you're bound to end up being friends with people who have varying opinions, beliefs, and backgrounds. If you're friends with someone is pro-abortion or pro-choice, the topic of life can come up, and preparedness is important. As far as what to say is concerned, that will vary depending on the conversation and the people involved. However, there’s a useful outline used for conversion in general that can certainly be applied to the topic of abortion.
1.) Love the person
2.) Know the person
3.) Give them something to love
4.) Give them something to know
When I first heard this formula it made sense but I wouldn't have been able to make up a practical example until my honors philosophy teacher gave the perfect scenario:
pretend you're back in the days of childhood––maybe 7 or 8 years old––and it’s Christmas morning.
You and your siblings (if you don't have any, like me, just pretend) have rushed downstairs with your parents zombie-walking behind, considering it’s around 6am. Your parents keep handing your siblings their presents but none come to you yet.
You keep waiting and eventually there’s only one present left, and your mom hands it to you and tells you they've saved it for last because it’s a very special present. You open it up, filled with anticipation, and inside a box is a piece of paper. On it, it says: “Make your bed, clean your room, do the dishes”.
Christmas is now ruined and you're more than disappointed.
Terrible, right? Now start from the beginning again––you go downstairs and everyone’s getting presents except for you until the last one lands in your lap. This time, you open the box and inside… is a puppy! It jumps up and licks your face and you’ve never been more excited in your life. As you immediately start playing with it, your parents tell you that you'll have to train him, clean up after him, and give him baths.
These sound like menial tasks at this point because you have something to love first, which makes the rules way easier to follow. This is how effective conversion works. Next time you talk to one of your friends about the issue of life, remember how important these 4 steps are and know how to use them.
You can do the same thing in your state, which will have a website and ‘finder’ feature so you can contact your legislators. The best part is, it doesn't matter if you're too young to vote! Even if you're under 18, you are their constituent and they've been elected to represent you, too, so tell them our pro-life message!