Conversation starters about life, choice, and abortion

 

How to talk to your kids about abortion:

1. Know your child.

Every child is different. Only you, as a parent can know what your child can hear and understand.

2. Pray

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you honestly answer your child’s questions with truth, wisdom, and love.

3. Leave out the graphic details.

The younger the child, the less they need to know about the medical specifics of abortion.

 


The following questions are suggestions. Because you know the language of your child, we encourage you to rephrase these questions accordingly.

 

Elementary Age

1. How would you define life?

We believe that life starts at conception and has intrinsic value (Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 64:8; Galatians 1:15). Webster’s definition is “an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction.”

 

2. What do you know about abortion?

Abortion is the act of choosing to end the life of a baby by removing the baby from a momma’s tummy before the baby has the chance to be born.

 

3. How would you define choice?

Choice is: the right to choose amongst multiple options.

 

4. Why do you think some women choose abortion?

When a pregnant woman comes to our clinic she will tell us that she “has” to get an abortion because she “has no choice”. Our job is to inform her of all her options of proceeding with this pregnancy, so at the end of the day she can realize she does have other choices.

 

5. What can we do as a family to stand for life?

We are encouraging families to put their pocket change in this baby bottle at the end of the day. Change adds up and your coins allow us to continue helping women choose life for their babies. You can also stand for life by donating, babysitting, and praying. We are always in need of families willing to take in a momma and her child (Read Luke 10, “The Good Samaritan”). Contact nancy@lifeservices.org for more information on serving.

 

More resources about sexual integrity and other conversation starters available at Project Six19. https://projectsix19.org/for-families/

 


Middle School/High School Age

1. How would you define life?

We believe that life starts at conception and has intrinsic value (Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 64:8; Galatians 1:15). Webster’s definition is “an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction.”

 

2. What do you know about abortion?

Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

 

3. How would you define choice?

Choice is: the right to choose amongst multiple options.

 

4. Why do you think some women choose abortion?

When a pregnant woman comes to our clinic she will tell us that she “has” to get an abortion because she “has no choice” because “my boyfriend wants it” or “my boyfriend will leave me”. She also says she has “no choice” because she has to finish school, her Dad is an elder at their church, or she doesn’t have the money to be a parent. Our job is to inform her of all her options of proceeding with this pregnancy, so at the end of the day she can realize she does have other choices.

 

5. What do you think women need when facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Women facing an unplanned pregnancy need support. A big factor in her decision is whether she will be facing this pregnancy alone, so as a family unit and also as a church body, we need to envelope her in support for the days to come. Much of the time, the baby daddy will flee the scene when she tells him the news, so we need young people, young couples, and families to be imitators of what healthy relationships look like.

 

6. What do you think men need when facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Men facing an unplanned pregnancy need the same kind of support, but how it’s executed looks differently. Men need “shoulder time”, a chance to be with godly men and hear hope while performing activities that are of interest to the soon-to-be father. They need to hear “Yes, you can parent”, when the rest of the world says “No, you can’t.” We desire to call these men higher and equip them with the resources he needs to continue on a path of life. We are currently working on a men’s mentorship program that promotes healthy activities.

 

7. What can we do as a family to stand for life?

We are encouraging families to put their pocket change in this baby bottle at the end of the day. Change adds up and your coins allow us to keep helping women choose life for their babies. We also need prayer, specifically for families who are willing to host a momma and her child. Another huge way you can help is through sharing about the resources we provide with your friends and family. Please, let them know they can call us at 509.462.4000. Contact nancy@lifeservices.org for how to get involved.

 

More resources about sexual integrity and other conversation starters available at Project Six19. https://projectsix19.org/for-families/

 


Services we provide through the four arms of our Life Services ministry:

 

Through our IChoice Ash Street Clinic & Mobile Medical Clinic, we offer:

Free pregnancy testing and advocacy

Free ultrasound exams and OB care

STD diagnosis and treatment

 

Through our Maternity Home, we provide:

Housing for women who are in risk of being homeless due to pregnancy

 

Through our Next Steps programs we support women by:

Placing them in host homes

Providing case management

Facilitating mentoring relationships

 

For those who have already faced an abortion, we provide:

Confidential post abortion support