Imagine for a minute you are a woman who has had one or more abortions. Imagine you, yourself, believed that abortion was a routine medical procedure, was your only way out, was your right and your choice, and so you scheduled an appointment when you needed to. Imagine how hard it would be to be confronted with the idea, from anyone or anywhere, that this was wrong.
Imagine you, yourself, believed that abortion was a routine medical procedure, was your only way out, was your right and your choice, and so you scheduled an appointment.
I just completed and published a post connecting abortion and premeditated murder. I'm usually cautious about using the word murder when talking about abortion. It's often so carelessly used, practically shouted from memes and social media comments. Most of the time we are simply preaching to our own particular choirs, but it is worth remembering everyone else who will see what we've written.
I don't often change my opinion once I've decided; I was a little surprised by this once I noticed it recently. And that seems to be true of most people. They're invested in the truths they've chosen and will constantly defend them. How much more so when an unchangeable act is based on these truths?
Conversion happens. Minds do change
Conversion happens. Minds do change -- so we must keep speaking -- but it is worth remembering that for many, changing their minds on abortion is not so simple. Seeing facts and reason properly is absolutely necessary, but it's more than that -- far more. It's brokenness. It's admitting to something heinous. It's more than humility; it's death.
Now, we know that there is life -- overwhelming life -- on the other side of this death, but our opponents don't know that. Give them time. Give them truth, but give it with compassion -- give it with more mercy than seems reasonable to you. Remember, the person you're likely to run into is not a leader or lobbyist. She's more than likely just a person who's been terribly mislead.