Pro-Life Talking Points

Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 12:02 am
Found this while poking around today. It's a pro-life site that (not that uncommonly) tell people how to talk about the issue of abortion. It is very well put together in terms of breaking down different levels of human interaction and situational dialog.

Basically it's talking points designed to equip the reader with what they should say when defending their belief and perhaps more important to the reader, how to attack the opposing view.

The overall feeling I got when reading through was that the material was not overly confrontational (Ive seen worse), but it mostly targets uneducated people on the topic (independent of their view).

For instance, it addresses a very weak pro-choice argument that someone may say that "a embryo can't breathe air." This raised my attention, because in the many debates I've been in on the topic, I've never once thought this was a material argument. I was instead left to wonder if this question in particular was designed solely for the purpose of encouraging (in a literal sense of the word "encourage") the reader, and making them feel they were better equipped than the opposing side with intellectual ammunition.

Additionally, the talking points targeted other people who are pro-life, but do not want to push their views on anyone else. I found this part to be the most revealing. I personally, have never seen two pro-lifers debate over the the topic in terms of where the line is drawn, so it was quite a revealing read to be set in the space where one person would try and push a person out of indifference; to say it's not enough to have a personal opinion on the matter.

Well, I posted my thoughts before I've even posted the material, so here it is...

Got Ten Seconds?

Give a One Minute Pro Life Speech

The SLED Test

Three Essential Questions To Ask Before Moving Your Lips

Four Steps to a Compelling Pro-Life Presentation

I guess a heavily opinionated site about abortion is nothing on itself to consider a really interesting find, but I am interested in the development in terms of a talking point guide.

Being that I'm very pro-choice, I've always based my opinion on my own thoughts on the matter. I've never felt like I was unequipped to handle my own, nor have I ever sought out education on how to address the topic. I've gone statistic fetching in a debate to support a point, but even in doing that, I have had to go to neutral sources (US Census, CDC, DoCommerce, etc) to get my data.

Anyways, I thought this was worth sharing. I don't know what kind of comments this post deserves, but I thought I'd write down my observations.

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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 04:21 am
@Diest TKO,
What we would consider as well reasoned opinions regarding several cultural issues, are not unanimous. In many cases, they may not even be majority opinions. Ive always found that the argumenst made by the anti-choice people to be well crafted and always ON THE MESSAGE. Thats a great debate tool. As you have seen, many of the Creationists occupy the same types of niches. These arguments will be further crafted and handed out like weapons in debates.
I dont agree with em, but I have to admire their pluck and debate skills.
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