When you think of the word “pro-life”, the opposite automatically comes to mind; pro-death. So does that mean anyone who doesn’t despise the idea of abortion in every way loves the thought of killing and death? Definitely not. In the debate for or against abortion as an option for women, the terms used makes a huge difference. Use of the word term “pro-life” angers me, and many other supporters of a women’s right to privacy as stated in the Constitution, because death is absolutely not what I advocate for. No one likes the idea of a dead fetus, and I am definitely not pro-death if that is what the opposite of taking away women’s rights would be.
This video, from Planned Parenthood Health, discusses why labels should be eliminated, because of the effect they have on the debate and the actual feelings of those involved. Instead of using persuading labels that may be misleading and harmful, people should focus on what is really important; A women’s personal decision for herself and her own body.
NPR, the National Public Radio quoted this, about how news channels are moving away from the risky terms previously coined as correct for the debate on abortion.
Both the New York Times and the Washington Post advise staff to avoid the terms “pro-choice,” “pro-life” and “right-to-life” because those terms are coined by advocates in the abortion controversy and should be viewed as loaded terms…
It is important to consider the language used when talking about abortion publicly because many can be offended by strong, “loaded terms” like “pro-abortion” or “pro-life”. Saying these phrases evokes an emotional appeal to readers and those undecided on the topic, persuading them without any logic involved.
Many assume that because someone, like me, is an abortion rights advocate, or as many would call “pro-choice”, that I want every baby to be aborted and I love the idea of abortions. This is completely false. This is what groups who oppose abortion want people in the United States to think, in order to get them to agree with their ideas.
Controversy on Twitter about the topic of wording used when debating abortion has been trending for many years. This is just a few tweets on the issue that so many people are talking about.
Every woman has the right to make her own CHOICE about abortion, and it should continue to be this way. Doesn’t anybody else find it weird for someone else, especially a man, to tell a woman what she can and cannot do to her own body?
So the real question is… Is anyone actually “Pro-Life”? Because I don’t know anybody, especially not myself, who is “Pro-Death”.