To my fellow believers who are saddened and upset by Roe’s reversal, I encourage you to reconsider what abortion actually is. Have you forgotten the brutality of it? Have you forgotten that our unborn neighbors have no avenue of defense while a doctor goes into the womb and tears apart their little body until there is no life left?

As many people respond to this decision in anger, rage, and fear, may our witness and conversations display peace, civility, compassion, and support for every human being because every human being matters.

The importance of having conversations and changing hearts and minds on this issue is just as important now as it was before this news.

In the midst of the doubts these experiences and questions can bring, I think it’s deeply important that we don’t allow these doubts and questions to keep us from engaging those around us.

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It’s a tragedy when any baby is killed by abortion. It’s also a tragedy when a woman dies from an illegal abortion. Remember, as pro-life advocates, our care and concern are not limited to the unborn child. We also care about the woman and the circumstances that have led her to think that abortion is a solution for her situation.

Let’s set aside, for now, the fact that the three claims she brings up are woefully inadequate and inaccurate representations of the case pro-lifers make against legal abortion. Let’s assume for the moment that her representation is good. What are we to make of these three claims?

So if equality truly matters, we must be willing to extend equal rights to unborn human beings. We must be willing to extend those rights to others even if it’s inconvenient to us. If we do not, then we are just picking and choosing which human beings get rights.

Patience, gentleness, and common ground can make difficult conversations occur in an environment where it’s safe to reconsider something so monumental. I’m sure we would want that for ourselves. So let’s make it a reality for others.