Yes. I'm pretty edgy and emotionally unwieldy today.
I overheard someone mention that he was exhausted and offended by his constant exposure to people who are "pro-life" as he himself is "pro-choice". This verbiage must stop.
Being pro-choice isn't being pro-abortion. It's simply believing in the freedom to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy.
I am pro-choice. I believe in a woman's autonomy over her self, including her reproductive organs. I am also pro-life because I don't believe that everyone who is inseminated should immediately go out to terminate the pregnancy. I love babies. One day I'd like to have a couple. I want all my friends to have them--if / when they want them. To be honest with you, I couldn't name a person I know who is pro-abortion. To have or not have an abortion is one of the most arduous decisions an individual can make and rarely is that decision made flippantly.
If a person wants to strip away a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy he / she is not pro-life; he / she is anti-choice. It's that simple.
So why do we who are pro-choice describe people who aren't as pro-life? When we do this we invite the opposition to vilify us. We shouldn't make ourselves such easy targets by the haphazard use of a conservative euphemism. It's imperative that we be more honest and straightforward in our wording. If a person doesn't believe in reproductive rights then said person is anti-choice. That's the honest truth. We aren't being unruly or rude in ascribing that label. It's their personal stance.
I think we should actively work to change how we discuss our viewpoints on this topic. After all, isn't the world one big brand center? If we pro-choice folks start calling the "pro-life" movement what it really is--an anti-choice machine--then we can facilitate people understanding that the argument isn't about whether or not a person agrees with abortion as an act; it boils down to preserving or destroying personal liberty. Being pro-choice is about freedom. It's about having options.
Women's rights are American rights and how we discuss them is important. Our word choice does matter: the more specifically we speak the better off we are.
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