1. Be understanding - not offensive
Let’s face it - when confronted by a conflicting opinion, it can be tough to resist the temptation to lose control and spew pro-life facts and statistics as an attempt to shut down the opposing opinion. However, this loss of self-control can be not only ineffective but can also support bad stigma that parts of society associate with pro-life advocates. To be effective, keep your cool and hold your tongue when you need to. Listen to the opinions of others and calmly state and explain your own. If your opinion can be delivered and understood in a calm matter, then there is no reason for even the most opinionated pro-choice advocates to hold respect for your claims.
2. Know your stuff
It can be easy to become so deeply entrenched in a debate that you forget to make sure to check (and double check) the data you use to support your argument. Sometimes it is better to take a step back and make sure that what you are saying is 100% accurate; if it’s not, chances are your debating partner will know and use that knowledge to invalidate your opinion. Again, an important part being an effective pro-life advocate is gaining respect from those who disagree with you; don’t throw away that chance of mutual respect by using inaccurate sources.
3. Know what you stand for
The pro-life movement is not a small entity. What many in the general population don’t know is that the movement and its advocates stand not only for the end of abortion but for an end to our 'culture of death,' including euthanasia, the death penalty and assisted suicide. Do not be afraid to state your opinion on these matters, even if society makes being pro-life seem like a wrongdoing. Your opinion matters and it can make a difference.
4. Understand the action that should be taken
In order to be an effective pro-life advocate, it is important to propose solutions for the issues that you might speak out against. For an example, abortion can be opposed and rallied against but a pro-life outcry is invalid if those opposing do not support the expansion of programs that could help to end abortion such as adoption, foster care and sexual education. Do not simply ‘complain’ about the injustices that our world faces - know a solution and do your part to make that solution a reality.
5. Get involved
Even the most valiant pro-life advocate’s voice is useless if that voice isn’t put to good use. Make your voice heard; attend pro-life marches or seminars in your area. Volunteer with centers that help pregnant women, the elderly, and others in need. Stand up for your beliefs even when it isn’t easy. Shed the fear that might weigh you down. Don’t be afraid to make a difference in this world. Be pro-life. Be proud.