[quote="Myqyl, post:9, topic:246968"]
If your mother and sister are not actively religious then I would suggest you talk to them about abortion in secular terms. It is NOT only a religious issue. It is a civil rights issue. When I discuss abortion with secular people I hinge my argument on three main points.
1 ~ Ask if they would support a policy where a child could be "aborted" for up to 24 hours AFTER birth. Ask them if they think that a couple should be able to meet the child, look "it" over, and decide to hand "it" back to a doctor and say, "No thanks. We were hoping for green eyes. Abort this one." and have the doctor kill the baby. If your family members are at all like 99% of the folks that I have asked this hypothetical, they would be horrified. Ask them why the 24 hours is that big a deal. "It" can not survive without parents at this point any more than "it" could before birth. Does "it" become a baby simply because "it" aged 1 more day? Why does "it" suddenly get these rights of protection? The beauty of this argument is that the pro-abortion person usually ends up defending a baby's right to live. Then it just becomes a discussion of WHEN they get this right. I've found this very effective and have changed more than a couple of minds with this.
2 ~ My second argument is a civil rights argument. It starts by discussing slavery... For 400 years the law of the land said that a large number of "bipedal mammals" living here were not people. Ask if the fact that the law said they were "un-people" truly made them not human. Were the Africans brought here in chains and their descendants people the whole time or did they only become people when they were declared to be legally "free". During the 1930s and 1940s, the nation of Germany declared that Jews were not humans. Did this actually make them not human? Obviously no one would defend slavery or the Holocaust on the basis of "the law of the land said it was legal". This strips away one of the pro-abortionist's main argument. Roe v. Wade becomes moot in the light of the fact that it is not the first time that people were declared as non-people and not the first time that it resulted in the horrific inhuman treatment and even the mass murder of those people. It's easy to oppress a section of the population when that section is incapable of speaking up for themselves.
3 ~ Lastly, I ask if they believe that it is "possible" that the fetus is human. I don't ask if they believe it is, or isn't, simply is it "possible". Anyone that says no, it is not "possible", I ask them how they determined that. If it is not possible, then they must have conclusive proof that the fetus is not human. When asked to provide that proof, most give in and say "Yeah, OK, it's possible. But I don't believe it is."... Then I ask them something like this... "OK, so it's possibly a human and possibly not a human. Which is the greater evil, to deny a woman a procedure no more morally wrong than a haircut if the fetus is just a tumor, or to kill a baby if the fetus is human?"... Often folks will say "I never said it was the moral equivalent of a haircut"... This is where I go for the throat (figuratively speaking) "Really? if it's not a baby why would it have any implication greater than clipping your nails?"
The defense of abortion requires flawed logic. Make a logical, secular appeal... The main defense of abortion today is "Stop trying to cram your religion down my throat!" I never discuss religion and abortion at the same time. Take that card right out of their deck and a large number of pro-abortionists lose their only argument.
Also, I never refer to myself as "Pro life"... I am "anti abortion". I also will not accept them referring to themselves as "pro choice"... they are "pro abortion" and if they balk at that, ask them why... If abortion is not the killing of a child why would they object to saying they are pro abortion?
Lastly I refer to the Susan Smith murder case. The woman that drove her babies into a lake and watched them drown. I suggest it was simply a retro-active abortion. The same can be said of the Casey Anthony case now being decided.
Hope that helps. I will be praying for your success.
Im with you!:thumbsup: