ONE HOUSEKEEPING NOTE
I do not use the term “pro-choice” in this book unless it is a quotation. I use the term “pro-abortion” or “abortion proponent.” This is not because I am attempting to upset those who favor abortion. It is because the term “pro-choice” is misleading and incorrect.
There is a widely-held belief that one can be pro-choice and not pro-abortion. This means that a person supports the right to choose abortion but generally wishes abortion wouldn’t happen.
To be “pro-choice” means one is in favor of having options or choices. To be “pro-abortion” means one is in favor of the legality and practice of abortion.
I am as pro-choice as it gets. I am in favor of women having a myriad of options: where to go to college, what career to pursue, whether or not she wants to get married, who she marries, who to vote for, whether or not she wants to run a business, what she wants to do with her free time, whether or not to enter politics, etc.
However, I do not believe that any person, whether male or female, should have the option to take the life of another innocent human being.
The term “pro-choice” was invented in the mid-1970s to avoid using the term “pro-abortion,” a designation which “in the pre-Roe years had served as the standard label for a person in favor of legalization [of abortion].” Former abortionist Bernard Nathanson, a founding member of NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws), the group that led efforts to legalize abortion, called “pro-choice” a “Madison Avenue euphemism.”
The goal of this effort by abortion activists to “remake the vocabulary with which Americans talked about abortion,” as abortion historian Cynthia Gorney described it, was to take attention off the abortion procedure and loss of life, and instead make the issue about women’s rights.
But to be in favor of the choice to take a life is to be in support of the practice of doing so. One could argue that to be offered the choice to abort is not the same as actually aborting. But one’s permission to do something is condoning and, therefore, supporting that practice.
The opposite of [anti-abortion] is not pro-choice; it’s pro-abortion— in favor of the practice of abortion. [link]
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