2,500 abortions happen every day in the United States.
2,500 heartbeats snuffed out of children who will never see the light of day. 2,500 women of all ages whose hearts will be broken. 2,500 families that will never finish forming.
The statistics are shocking. It seems easier to ignore the feeling that arises from seeing such a statistic. After all, what can be done about something this huge? Especially for students, the knowledge that 2,500 little hearts are stopped a day—adding up to about a million a year and 60 million since Roe v. Wade was decided, all this in the United States alone—is enough to set anyone back from trying to stop it.
But something can be done. Something must be done.
10.4% of abortions in the US in 2014 were obtained by girls aged 15-19, and 30% of all women who aborted that year identified as Protestant. These are young women in the line of vision of high school students, girls whose classmates have a unique opportunity to reach out to them. While homeschoolers may not be in a classroom with these young women, they are our neighbors, friends, teammates.
However, to talk to these women, or just to talk to someone who is pro-choice and doesn’t want to spend a lot of time discussing pro-life beliefs, it’s important to have soundbites and quick cases to make for the humanity of the unborn. Here is one that’s been proven very successful:
Say someone makes a statement like “The unborn are not human.”
You can make a case for why the unborn are human using the following device, S.L.E.D.
- S—Size: The unborn child is smaller than someone who has been born, but at the same time, a toddler is smaller than a teenager. That doesn’t make the toddler less valuable.
- L—Level of development: The unborn child is not as well-developed in many ways (brain capacity, for example) as someone who’s been born. If this makes the unborn child nonhuman, however, what does it say about a small child who’s not yet able to tackle algebra, have kids, or live by himself?
- E—Environment: The unborn child is in the womb, a very different place from the world where adults live, but why does the location in which a person is living determine their value and humanity?
- D—Degree of dependency: The unborn child needs its mother’s body for its nourishment and protection. However, so do new infants—after all, if baby formula is not available, the child depends on his mother’s milk just as much as before—and what about a kid who fell into a swimming pool and needs an adult to rescue him?
While this device may not always prove successful, it is a great starting point and can be used as a launching pad for much deeper conversation.
There are some great resources out there for anyone who wants to learn more about the pro-life movement and tell others about it. Some of my favorite sites and books include Abort73, an education website with testimonials and statistics on the ugly truth of abortion; The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf and Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn, both excellent books on apologetics for the Christian; and 40 Days for Life, a worldwide campaign to spend forty days twice a year praying outside abortion clinics. All of these are excellent resources, and there are more available with just a little searching.
Abortion claims the lives of 73 babies a minute worldwide . It’s not something that can be ignored. Despite the overwhelming feeling of the problem, even teens in high school can change it. The pro-life organization Justice for All’s slogan sums this up nicely: “Training thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time.”  One life saved can change the world. One conversation can change the world.
For more info on abortion itself, visit http://www.abort73.com/
To learn what students can do about it, visit http://studentsforlife.org/