The prolife movement is the largest it’s ever been, so why does abortion still exist? Perhaps it’s our approach.
Shaming Teen Mothers: Seeing a positive pregnancy test as a teenager is terrifying. The girl is overwhelmed and her mind is racing to countless places. A girl who makes the decision to keep her baby under the pressure from society, parents, friends and the father should be comforted. She has overcome the expectations set for pregnant teens and is a hero to the pro-life movement. Praise her, don’t shame her.
Shaming Women who have had Abortions: It is impossible to know what a woman is thinking after she has had an abortion. While it is possible that she doesn’t realize exactly what procedure just occurred in her body, she could very likely be feeling guilt and immediate regret, as a majority of women do. Telling her that she is a murderer will immediately turn her off from the pro-life movement as a whole. She should be approached with loving arms no matter how distant or recent her abortion was.
Ridiculing Pro-Choicers: As a movement, we sometimes forget who our audience is. We are not preaching to rally ourselves; we are trying to sway the opinions of those who disagree with us. While our goal is not to please those in support of abortion, we have to be careful not to turn them off. It is hard for us to understand how people could support abortion; instead of insulting their intelligence, try telling them why you’re pro-life. They are our hope. It is our duty to inform them about the truths of abortion and show them why life is the right choice. Approach with truth, not hate.
If correcting these flaws could potentially help our movement grow, it should be our first priority.