People often ask me how they can help end abortion. Here are a few ways you can help, depending on your own personality type:
If you pray, ask God to end abortion. Many successful justice movements in America have been led by praying women and men. Abolitionism, the Civil Rights movement, and Women Suffrage were won after prayerful battles.
Every year I attend the Annual Walk for Life parade that happens in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It happens on January 27, which is the anniversary of legalized abortion in America. This is a great way to make a public statement that we are against abortion. If you can’t make it out to San Francisco or D.C., check out your local Walk for Life, as many cities try to replicate it for those who cannot attend. January is considered the pro-life month, and a lot of other events are happening also, so keep your eyes open for them.
Watch Your Mouth
Words are powerful. (If you don’t believe me, ask Hitler…actually, never mind. Don’t talk to that guy.) The language we use inadvertently affects how people think about things. The abortion institution knows this, which is why abortionists say “I have removed the pregnancy” or “the tissue” and never “the baby” or “your child.”
Refer to unborn children as what they accurately are. Say baby, person, human, (fetus is truthful, though it sounds less person-al, but it’s still an acceptable term). Talk about the babies of pregnant women as if they were people, because they are! To pregnant women, say, “how old is your baby now?” Refer to the unborn as “she” or “he,” not “it.” Call the parents “mom” or “dad,” not “mommy-to-be.” Parenthood, after all, starts in the womb. When announcing a pregnancy, say, “I am an aunt now!,” not “I’m going to be an aunt.” Don’t be sloppy with language; rather, use it with precision and authority to say what you actually mean. Take every opportunity you can to acknowledge the personhood of the unborn, and don’t get caught up in our culture’s misunderstanding of it.
Update Your Status
I do this all the time because it’s easy and fun, and it never gets old. Aside from my silly status updates on Facebook, I also try to post up some good conversation-starters about abortion. These get the crowds going, and many people respond. Sometimes, if I’m feeling lazy, I don’t even participate in the discussion, because some other pro-lifers have already started talking with those who support abortion – but sometimes the discussions get so juicy I just have to get involved.
You can approach it through humor, write a question, or say something shocking. You can post, “Are there any aborted people here who still support abortion?” You can ask a question like “when is abortion acceptable?” or “when is abortion unacceptable?” Or you can say something shocking, like “Women have no right to get abortions.” This last one isn’t really me, but if it’s you, go for it. Find something that you’re comfortable saying, and watch the conversations happen. If you don’t get responses right away, write them as wall posts to friends you know would be open to talk with you about it.
Many times you can shift out of other topics to talk about abortion, like the topic of animal rights. A friend once asked me if I was vegetarian because of animal rights. I told her why I’m vegetarian and asked, “What about you?” She said, “I think it’s wrong to kill animals.” So I responded, “Oh, so then you’re also pro-life?” And from there we talked about the issue.
You can also turn conversations about the death penalty, overpopulation, ethics, injustices in our country, and others to abortion. It’s almost like playing the game “Taboo,” where you have to find words related to the one you’re describing. For example, if somebody says they don’t believe in the death penalty because it is unethical to kill people, you can say something like “so if you’re against killing guilty people, are you also against the killing of innocent people?” Then explain that that’s what abortion does.
Of course, use common sense and general social tact. You don’t have to talk to the same friends about abortion every time you see them. These are just ideas to use whenever you feel the time is right.
Trick Your Teachers
Another way of speaking out against abortion is through school projects. This is especially fun if you attend a school that leans toward the pro-abortion side. In my communications class, we had to give a speech about any topic whatsoever. Guess what my speech was about! Everyone had tons of questions and was, to my surprise, interested and receptive.
You can also use your essay-writing opportunities to address the issue. I was taking an environmental science class and was asked to write an essay about an environmental problem. I chose the problem of population – I wrote about the under-population dilemmas that countries like Russia are experiencing because of their high abortion rates. I talked about the problem of gender population in China, also due to gender-based abortions. I concluded that abortion was a threat to a healthy population balance in these nations. It was a nice way of hopefully influencing my abortion-supportive teacher.
Class discussions are also good forums. Using some of the conversation-shifters is a good way to get the class talking about abortion. When the teacher mentions injustices, raise your hand and use abortion as an example. When they talk about racism in our day, talk about how black children die of abortion and how minorities are targeted by the abortion institution. Talk about the founding history of Planned Parenthood, which was based entirely on a eugenicist agenda.
Don’t be afraid to look like you’re the only one on your side. There are usually a lot of silent supporters and undecided people who are listening to you. Most importantly, truth is on your side. Remember what Dr. Stockman says in Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the people: “The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom among us – is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact and liberal majority. The majority has might- unfortunately – but right it is not. Right- are I and a few others.”