Here are 10 easy tips for having that tough, sometimes awkward, conversation about abortion with a friend who may be on the fence about it.

1. Be loving, kind, and sincere.

Remember you are defending the beautiful gift of a child, which is what pregnancy is all about. No matter the tone or mannerism of your friend, speak and act kindly.

2. Listen!

You cannot give your friend the advice she needs to hear unless you are really listening to her needs.

3. Use facts.

Remember you have truth and science on your side! Try to use some inarguable facts like: A child has his own DNA at the moment of creation. According to the scientific elements of a living being, a human being is created the moment the sperm and oocyte meet.

4. Ask your friend the big questions.

Ask questions such as: “When does human life begin?” or “If a preborn baby is not human at [so many] weeks, when does he become human?” You can usually discover the misunderstanding once you hear the person’s answers to these crucial questions.

5. Look it up.

Don’t be afraid to say you need to look into a certain question or topic in order to provide someone with the accurate response.

 6. Encourage proper research.

Encourage your friend to research more about abortion—the process, side effects, or fetal growth. Refer him to the right sites full of information about the preborn child, abortion, contraception, Planned Parenthood, etc.

7. Have confidence.

Remember you have something pretty empowering on your side. You have the truth!

8. Tell your story.

Explain to your friend why you are pro-life. Maybe you have a personal story of a time you doubted or were not pro-life.

9. Ask her opinion from a moral standpoint.

Ask your friend how she feels morally about abortion. If she is on the fence, that is a telltale sign she has major reservations.

Don’t just talk the talk; walk the walk.

When you’re done talking, do not walk away like the conversation never happened. Offer your support to your friend. Tell your buddy that you are truly there for him. Your friend may not know abortion kills a human being or he may believe abortion is a gift. Wherever he stands, he needs to hear you assure him that you are there to talk with him whenever he needs it.

You never know the impact you may have on someone’s life.

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