I was wondering this after an incident I partially regret doing earlier today. I was arguing with another woman about abortions, and she (the pro-abortion side obviously) had been rude the whole argument. I was trying to remain civil, but the straw broke when I was trying to explain that I felt women should understand the risks of having sex [discussing non-rape cases], that they should take responsibility if they get pregnant, even if they don’t want the child, and that they shouldn’t resort to killing their child out of inconvenience. She responded with “No self-respecting woman would ever say those words!” and started talking about how she had two abortions out of three pregnancies. Keep in mind this was after an entire argument of being insulted over the issue. Finally, I snapped, saying “No self-respecting woman would suspend her natural love for her children enough to kill two of them!”
Needless to say, I’m pretty sure I hurt her. So, while I don’t regret that I was fighting for the pro-life cause, I regret the words I used. However, I don’t know what else I was supposed to do. Am I supposed to drop the argument and stop defending the lives of those little ones? Am I supposed to just continue to take endless abuse from someone not listening to a word I say? Is it even possible to get into a civil discourse about abortion? I don’t want to sin out of wrath defending abortion, but I also don’t want to leave those babies without vocal defenders. Also, at the same time, while I feel bad about being mean, I have a hard time seeing the difference between her and Susan Smith. Part of me wonders if there even IS a difference.
If any that are more experienced in having discussions with the pro-abortion movement over this issue could please help me know how to make a good pro-life case against a rude opponent without delving into sin (or if you just have comments), please respond.