This comment on a recent post here brought to mind an article in Time two years ago. It was about abortion; specifically, about attempts to bridge the ideological and emotional divide on abortion.
These two sentences, in particular:
Once you’ve come to know your adversaries personally, once the cartoon villains are brushed away, the conversation becomes more complicated – and more useful ... On issues of such weight, making the questions harder for people is the first step towards finding some answers..
(The Grassroots Abortion War, TIME February 15 2007).
(I should point out that a good friend belongs to a group mentioned in the article).