Standing for Life

Is Your Student Ready?

A new generation of pro-lifers is preparing to make their case. Are your kids ready to stand for life? Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

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John Stonestreet

You’re chatting with a group of friends or coworkers around the water cooler, over lunch, or in line to pick up the kids from school. The conversation meanders through politics and social issues, when suddenly the topic of abortion comes up. It only takes a moment for everyone to realize that you’re a pro-lifer. Your friends begin peppering you with questions and objections, some of which you’ve heard before, some of which you haven’t:

“How can you equate an embryo to a baby, if it has no higher brain function?” “What about pregnancies resulting from rape or incest?” “I’m personally against abortion, but I wouldn’t tell others what to do.” “Shouldn’t it be a choice between a woman and her doctor?” “Who are you to impose your morality on everyone else?”

What would you say to answer these questions and show your friends why abortion is wrong, in less than five minutes?

Now wait—before you answer, let’s make things more interesting: imagine that instead of you facing these questions, it’s your college-age son or daughter, and imagine that instead of a group of friends, they’re staring down a pro-abortion professor in front of a classroom of their peers. Would they be up to the challenge?

Believe it or not, it isn’t as daunting as it sounds. There’s a powerful and practical new resource designed to prepare college-bound students for this moment, and others like it.

Renowned pro-life apologists and authors John Ensor and Scott Klusendorf have teamed up to write what I think could be the coup de grâce for abortion among millennials. It’s called “Stand for Life: A Student’s Guide for Making the Case and Saving Lives,” and it’s packed with tools to cut through the relativist and utilitarian mythology that prop up the pro-abortion argument. It’s full of simple, powerful and usable answers to some of the toughest questions friends or professors will throw at your son or daughter.

For example, how do you answer someone who argues that fetuses in the first trimester clearly aren’t human yet, and are therefore okay to abort? Simple! You start with the only four features which make any fetus different than you or me: size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency. As Ensor and Klusendorf show, none of these differences are morally relevant to the question of a fetus’ humanity.

Okay, what if someone tells you that abortion is a personal choice, and that women have a right not to have other people’s morality imposed on their private decisions? Well, you “trot out the toddler” as the book says. No one would ever make the same argument in favor of killing toddlers. By showing the inconsistency, you can demonstrate that while personal choice is important, no one has the right to choose to take innocent human life.

And that, according to Ensor and Klusendorf, is how pro-lifers can win not just debates, but minds—by focusing with laser beam intensity on the only question that really matters: What is the unborn? Science, of course, overwhelmingly answers this question for us. The unborn child is a human being.

This handbook is not only designed to convince students to believe in the dignity of unborn life, but also how to persuade others, with grace and winsomeness. And if you tune in to BreakPoint this Week this weekend, you can hear Scott and John flesh out these arguments even more.

Students are one of the most at-risk groups for abortion. Knowing how to make the case on campus could make the difference between life and death for a child you’ll never meet.

Come to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary to get your copy of “Stand for Life” and to listen to my interview with the authors on BreakPoint this Week. Read the book, pass it to a student, and pray this generation will be the last to know legalized abortion in America.


Further Reading and Information


Standing for Life: Get the book

After hearing or reading the commentary above, you probably feel like doing something. But you need tools.

Imagine you or someone you know are standing up in a college classroom, answering a professor on the question: "Why is abortion wrong?"  You need both boldness and knowledge.

Are you prepared?

Get this amazing book (John calls it a "tool kit") which can help prepare you to defend the innocent, whether in a classroom, at the water cooler, or over the back fence. Then , as John says, "Read the book - Pass it on - Pray."

Stand for Life
John Ensor, Scott Klusendorft | Hendrickson Publishers | 2012


Answering Hard Questions About Abortion
John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | August 30, 2012




Oops! Now who's confused

I'm sorry. I just reread your comment and it seems that I misread it the first time. I now see that you said, "if you want to or not want to terminate your pregnancy." I missed the part about "if you want to". That is why I wrote what I wrote. I will try to be more careful in the future, and "measure twice and cut once".
Clearing up confusions et al

1. I don't know whether you were confused about what pro-choice means or just being humorous, but in any case, for the benefit of any readers who are confused, I think we all are in favor of a woman's right to not terminate a pregnancy. The difference between the pro-choice and pro-life positions is that those who support pro-choice favor her right to terminate if that is her wish. BTW I have always objected vociferously to their calling those of us who are pro-life, "anti-choice". That makes it sound like we are undemocratic. We just object to allowing people to have the right to choose to commit murder with impunity. Seems to me that used to be the normal point of view.

2. The way you describe the problem with the pro-choice point of view reminds me of an incident that happened just over 20 years ago when I had a business and a few employees in the office who were discussing abortion. One of them asked me, "Don't you believe a woman has the right to determine what happens to her own body?" I replied, "Yes, but not the body of another person that happens to be inside of hers." At that point she said, "Whoa!" and I could tell that sparks were about to fly. It was then that I said something I have regretted saying ever since. I said, "It seems to me I heard somewhere that sex, religion, and politics were not suitable topics for the office." That statement was true, and I didn't say I supported that statement, but it worked. Unfortunately, I realized almost immediately that I had thereby given up the right to witness to them, which is why I regretted saying it. I can only hope and pray that someone else in another context was able to do that, or will.
Stand for Life
I have always thought of myself as pro-choice; if you want to or not want to terminate your pregnancy. Growing up in Camden, NJ, I have seen my fair share of violence towards women and children. I just thought women had a right to determine what's going to happen to their body. However,that's just it, there is another human being inside our womb's. How can we as women, allow science and doctors to dictate what's going on inside our womb's. Thank God for science and doctors, however common sense is that when a woman's eggs are not fertilized, the menstrual cycle begins. About 3 months ago, my cousin and her husband was pregnant with twins, and I was the God-mother! A couple of days after Thanksgiving, my cousin was rushed to the hospital and hours later gave birth to twin girls. I was in the delivery room and those precious baby girls died in my arms, their lungs were not fully developed. I'm waiting in anticipation to be reunited with those baby girls, in Jesus Christ! Amen!