In 1994 in Charlottesville, Va., a pro-life friend of mine asked me to join a new group called Common Ground. As its mission, abortion supporters and pro-life people met to search out what might be shared issues.
It was just my friend and me and approximately 10-12 folks who backed the other side. No yelling, no shrill accusations -- we were polite toward each other. During the monthly get-togethers, the abortion supporters mostly questioned us on pro-life issues.
The meetings ended after only three months because the chairman, who was pro-choice, announced that she agreed with us. We never reached common ground.
Looking back now, I realize there are many misconceptions about the pro-life position, which is why my friend and I were being questioned.
The following facts answer some of them: First, if the mother’s life is endangered by continuing the pregnancy, abortion is always acceptable. Second, according to biology textbooks, life begins at fertilization, or the instant the egg and sperm unite. Third, Roe vs. Wade ruled that abortions may be performed throughout the entire pregnancy. Fourth, pro-life people care very much about women and babies after a pregnancy ends. Fifth, unborn babies are not parasites. And sixth, and most important of all, a human life is destroyed through abortion.
Just as animal activists speak out for the preservation of animals who cannot speak for themselves, we choose to speak for babies whose cries are not heard because they are hidden from view.
For both sides of this issue to ever come together, the truth has to be told about abortion. Until then, we will continue to do our part to inform on the facts.