• Becky Short

How to have a constructive pro-life conversation

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

Tip #1: Listen

Don’t know how to have an open, gracious conversation with someone about the pro-life essentials? You’re not alone.

Abortion, euthanasia, and reproductive technologies all have one thing in common: they are controversial, emotional topics that can affect people’s lives deeply. Hence they tend to attract strong opinions.

In an era of memes, angry tweets, and “fake news”, it’s becoming more and more important to learn how to have open, honest, and gracious conversations with others about difficult topics.

After all, abortion, euthanasia, and reproductive technologies are incredibly important, and how we talk about these issues with others is also important.

At Connect: The Pro-Life Essentials, we’ll help you by taking you through the pro-life message in a step-by-step, reasoned, factual, and compassionate manner. We’ll go right back to the fundamentals - no prior knowledge required! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask all your burning questions, including about how to have a pro-life conversation.

Here’s a quick tip to have constructive pro-life conversations: Listen.

Have you ever been in a conversation where you realised that the other person was just saying what they wanted to say, and not really engaging with what you were trying to say?

Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person doesn’t give you time or space to sort through your ideas, so they come off as being a jerk - or it becomes hard to admit when they might have a point?

Have you ever been chatting with someone, only to find out at the end that they had totally misunderstood what you were trying to say - or worse, put words in your mouth?

I have too. It’s super frustrating.

If you want to have good conversations, start by opening your ears and resting your mouth. Try to ask questions like, “What do you think?” - and then, “Why do you think that?”

When people are listened to, they’ll be more open to reconsidering their own ideas. (You also might learn something or two from them, as well!) By asking questions and listening, you can help them to look objectively at their own points of view. And it takes the stress out of the conversation, because then you are working together as a team to find the truth. And that’s what we all want to find: the truth.

Tip #1: Listen with the intent to understand.

More tips for having a pro-life conversation coming soon!

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