It Is “Anti-Choice” And We Should Be Blunt With Language
Earlier this week, some folks opposed to abortion took issue with me on Twitter for describing them as “anti-choice.” In one of the many ways in which the left allowed the right to run roughshod over them in the 1980s and 1990s, the right was allowed to take up the ridiculous mantle of “pro-life” on the abortion issue. The result of course is that to be opposed to them, you must be pro-death.
One of the right’s scholars (aka, a hack) wrote an entire book about Democrats being “the party of death.”
He wrote and promoted this book as George W. Bush’s strategy in Iraq led to the deaths of thousands of unnecessary deaths in Iraq, naturally.
And that’s part of why the pro-life label doesn’t make logical sense. These are also the same people who do not believe in any exceptions to abortion law. Even when the life of a mother is in danger, the Republican Party’s platform calls for an absolute ban on abortion. That’s not “pro-life.”
By comparison, the majority opinion in the country and within the left is actually choice. We believe that a woman has a choice in what is done to and within her body. It is her choice whether she wants to terminate a pregnancy, and she shouldn’t be forced into that decision, especially not by a male-dominated legislative body.
The anti-abortion movement opposes this choice. They oppose choice, and we should strive towards clarity of language as much as we can. Maybe their feelings get hurt to be described as “anti-choice” but it is the most accurate, purest distillation of their position possible.