Activism is so often about picking your side and hammering your stake in the ground; I’m right, you’re wrong and let me tell you all the reasons why. In this episode we confront this typical form of activism through a grace-laced conversation with Alison Centofante, Director of Strategic Communications for Live Action.
Yes, this is a conversation about abortion. But it is also a conversation about so many other things, including a different way to talk about and interact with emotionally charged topics.
It is true that information leads to transformation, and that is at the root of the work that Live Action engages in. As Alison says in this conversation:
“I think it is really important that even if you consider yourself pro-life or pro-abortion and you’ve put your stake in the ground, know what you are talking about.”
Join us as we wade into uncomfortable waters in an effort to shine a light on the reality that when we talk about abortion we are not talking about a concept, theory, political stance or procedure, we are talking about people – hurting people inside our families, our churches, and our neighbourhoods.
- You can do anything you put your mind to, and that’s the message we should be giving girls. Because it’s the truth.
- This is not an out there problem, this is an inside problem, inside the church, inside our families.
- We can’t be lying to people about the development of their pre-born child.
- When I see the narrative that is being driven by fear … that fear stance of, “I’m so afraid to mess up my life by this pregnancy” or “I’m afraid of losing the job or the boyfriend,” that drives me. I don’t want women to be making decisions based on fear like that.
Alison Howard Centofante is the Director of Strategic Communications at Live Action, a pro-life media group. She was formerly Director of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom working to serve, strengthen, and expand the alliance on life, marriage, and religious freedom. Speaking on these issues, Alison has been featured on Fox News, ABC, NPR, The Christian Broadcasting Network, and other media outlets. Her work has been published in National Review Online, World Magazine, Red Alert Politics, and The Blaze. Alison formerly served as Communications Director for Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. She was formerly Executive Assistant to Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance and led CWA’s Washington, D.C.-based Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program.
Centofante was a founding member of the “Young Women for America” chapter at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications: Advertising/Public Relations, and double minors in Psychology and Journalism. Alison was named to Red Alert Politics “30 under 30” list and Christianity Today’s Reader’s Choice “33 under 33.”
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Care Net study that indicated that 4 out 10 women who had an abortion attended church at least once a month. www.care-net.org