While polls show that a clear majority of Americans share the pro-life view (by a 24% margin, 61-37 percent) , the unfortunate truth is that many of these people generally keep their views to themselves and might only share them with close friends, if they share them at all.
There are many others who take somewhat more action, such as placing bumper stickers on their vehicles and voting pro-life.
However, the question should be asked:
Can an end to abortion be brought by these methods alone?
Given the harsh criticism that one can face from those who are pro-choice, should pro-lifers simply keep quiet in public discussions?
While staying silent may be easier, it is important to remember a couple things:
– Abortion takes the lives of those who do not have a voice. Because of this, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to be their voice.
– Directing messages at individuals can be effective in helping change people’s private attitudes, but it is not effective in changing perceived social norms. The only way to truly promote a culture of life is by taking greater action to speak out against abortion in public.
Public speaking can be intimidating. Many people fear it more than death.
However, death of preborn lives is exactly what we will continue to get unless each of us builds the strength within us to take a strong, public stand against abortion.
 Saad, Lydia. (2011). “Americans Still Split Along “Pro-Choice,” “Pro-Life” Lines.” Gallup, 23 May 2011. Web. 1 Jun 2011. http://www.gallup.com/poll/147734/Americans-Split-Along-Pro-Choice-Pro-Life-Lines.aspx.
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