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Tips For Talking About Abortion With Family

Planned Parenthood Offers Tips For Talking Abortion and Birth Control on Thanksgiving

Considering the abortion debate covers both politics and religion, two topics most people avoid discussing with family, I imagine most people would avoid it at all costs over Thanksgiving dinner. Still, Planned Parenthood has published eight easy steps for discussing reproductive health at your holiday table. The tips reflect common sense ideas like, "learn to diffuse" or "be open and accepting of other people's personal views," and also includes scripts to practice. One example:

Question: "I don’t want my tax dollars going toward abortions."
Response: "Actually, because of the Hyde Amendment, tax dollars can’t go toward supporting abortion. But I do believe that everyone deserves access to basic, preventive reproductive care, and that it’s important we support those services. No one should ever have to choose between paying rent and buying birth control."

If you're pro-choice and feel strongly about reproductive rights, this cheat sheet might help you get out of an uncomfortable situation if you find yourself suddenly challenged. But would you actively bring up this topic, instead of focusing on turkey and football?

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Lil-Maw Lil-Maw 5 years
I agree countchocula. My way of dealing with it would probably just be a blank stare and blame it on the wine.
countchocula countchocula 5 years
How about the 'No - I don't discuss these topics during the holidays' option? I try to give my soapbox a break every now and then.
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