How to Defend the Pro-Life Position

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Engaging with others on the issue of abortion can be an intimidating task. Most everyone–whether pro-abortion or pro-life–has strong feelings about this issue, and understandably so. Is it possible to defend the pro-life position in both a loving and logical way?

We believe it is possible, and that is the issue we tackle in our most recent episode of The Empowered Advocate podcast.

Carter Mundy (Associate Executive Director of GPCC) and Mary Holloman (Communications Coordinator) discuss how to use a tool called SLED in order to make a convincing argument against abortion in a clear and concise way. You can read more about SLED on Stand to Reason’s website at

You can listen to the entire episode below. You can also follow the timestamps listed below to skip ahead to a specific topic or question discussed.

We hope this episode is helpful to you as you seek to engage others on this issue with confidence. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss any new episodes. Happy listening!

Show Notes:

1:00 – Why do we not engage others on the issue of abortion?

2:50 – Going into a conversation with the right attitude and motivation

13:11 – SLED: What is it?

14:42 – Size: Why does size matter when determining the value of a life?

16:28 – Level of Development: Why does level of development matter when determining the value of a life?

20:10 – Environment: How does where you are determine what you are?

22:11 – Degree of Dependency: Why does dependency on another human being matter when determining the value of a life?

29:27 – Common justifications for abortion

30:05 – Justification #1: Shouldn’t a woman have the right to do what she wants with her body?

35:35 – Article Reference: Abortion is Good, Because I am a Good Person

37:00 – Justification #2: If a woman is unable to take care of a child because of financial issues or an absent father, she should be able to abort.

41:20 – Justification #3: Abortion should be an option for women in cases of rape or incest.

44:45 – Defend the pro-life position in 60 seconds or less