In a March 13 article, Canadian pro-life activist Jonathon van Maren quoted Center for Bio-Ethical Reform leader Gregg Cunningham’s observation, that “liked reformers are rarely effective and effective reformers are rarely liked.

I often think of this, for obvious reasons, sometimes referring back in my mind to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which lists the desire to be liked on a lower “self-actualization” plane than the desire to be respected. In my own life I translate this to mean the desire for respect is a greater human value than the desire to be liked.


The issue for pro-lifers is complicated, because we are also dealing with an opponent who engages in ridicule as a tactic, taken from the Alinsky playbook’s Rule #5, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

So, the inherent aversion of the abortion issue by torn people who innately know it’s wrong but don’t want to stop it for whatever reason (Pontius Pilate) is exacerbated by those trying to stir up negative feelings (the mob) against those bearing the pro-life message.

Yet, the issue of public relations is something to be considered.

Is it possible or desirous – as far as it is within our power to do so – to seek personal affirmation when spreading the pro-life message?

UPDATE 3/16, 6:45p: Jonathan van Maren has written an excellent follow-up piece.

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