I have to get something off my chest or else I’ll pull out the little hair I have remaining. “Pro-choice” and “pro-life” are political terms. That means they are labels used to describe one’s position on abortion as a legal/political issue. If one supports the legal right to abortion, she is pro-choice. If one opposes legal abortion, she is pro-life.
Increasingly, online and off, I have noticed that a lot of women qualify their pro-choice political leanings with disclaimers such as, “I’d never have an abortion, but…”
I find this “trend” troubling, because I fear the pro-life camp is winning some sort of ideological war, even if people are not necessarily voting against abortion rights.
The pro-life movement has snuck its rhetoric into women’s brains, convincing them that – at the very least – abortion is a bad thing bad women do, and that “pro-choicers” promote forced abortion. So it’s become common for women to announce that they don’t personally approve of abortion before sheepishly admitting to being “pro-choice for other women.” Your own personal reproductive choices are moot. The “for other women” is understood when it comes to being pro-choice.
Declaring support for legal abortion rights is not a reflection of your hatred for your own hypothetical fetus. That means the statement, “I’m personally pro-life but I think abortion should be legal” makes no sense. If you think abortion should be legal you are pro-choice, full stop. That you couldn’t bear to slaughter an innocent baby yourself is irrelevant.
Say it loud. Say it proud. I AM PRO-CHOICE.