Does Pro-Life Really Mean Pro-Life?

… or does Pro-Life mean Anti-abortion?

Again, I am having a hard time keeping this blog apolitical, especially now, in this fierce season of “red meat rhetoric” and candidate-baiting.

But when we support putting our troops in harm’s way, figuring that a certain number of deaths is considered an acceptable level of collateral damage, that is not Pro-Life.

When we support inmates being put to death, that is not Pro-Life.

As with most things in this world, this issue is filled with shades of gray. Abortion is bad except when… Capital Punishment is bad except when… War is bad except when…

My point is: don’t say you’re Pro-Life if what you really are is Anti-Abortion.

That’s a completely different issue.

Let’s not confuse them.


Filed under politics, Social Consciousness

4 responses to “Does Pro-Life Really Mean Pro-Life?

  1. …or does Pro-Choice mean Pro-Abortion?

    Does the attitude of finding something morally wrong or reprehensible but condoning it as a choice by other people really make sense? Most people looking back at the US Civil War and the Abolition movement would say no.

  2. capncrusty

    jonolan: “Most people” today believe that the decision of whether or not to have an abortion should be left to the individual and her doctor…which is essentially what the “pro-choice” side has always said and continues to maintain–a complete one-eighty from their opponents’ position.

    Not that the right or wrong of the issue was the thrust of Liz’s post, by the way, but IMHO more a comment on the way people use emotionally-laden terms or deliberate euphemisms to hide their true agendas. “Anti-” sounds bad; “pro-” sounds good, as does “life”. From a strategic point of view, it’s a no-brainer.

    And one other point: the anthropological consensus is that black people are fully human, and thus due all the commensurate rights and privileges; however, the jury is still out on the status of a fetus. So I’m afraid you’ve posed a false comparison.

  3. capncrusty,

    Prior to the US Civil War and the abolition of slavery Black people were not considered as- nor treated as fully human. We had people back then who thought decisions about slave ownership should be left to the individual.

    It’s a direct comparison from a previous day.

    People are either pro-abortion or anti-abortion; choice and life are, as you eloquently put it “emotionally-laden terms or deliberate euphemisms to hide their true agendas.”

  4. capncrusty

    Well, jonolan, my statement still stands: “most people” are pro-CHOICE, not necessarily pro-ABORTION. And since what “most people” believe seems to be your standard, then “Does the attitude of finding something morally wrong or reprehensible but condoning it as a choice by other people really make sense?” doesn’t relate well to the sentence which immediately follows it. Nor, in like manner, does the fact that people’s attitudes about slavery TODAY relate to what “most people” thought about the issue BEFORE the Civil War, which was either supportive or neutral, any more than what people in the future might think of abortion today.

    But getting back to what I think was one of the primary points in Liz’s original post, ie, word usage, the term “pro-choice” is not a euphemism, but a more specific description of principle than “pro-abortion”. The pro-choice people, with what is for all intents and purposes unanimity, do not want to force any woman into either having a baby or not. The same cannot be said for the anti-choice crowd, whose interpretation of what makes a “full human being” allows for only one allowable action, even in the case of rape, or when continuing a pregnancy might threaten the mother’s health or even life–after all, a child is a child, no matter what the genesis, yes? Thus “Pro-choice” and “anti-abortion” are more accurate descriptions of the stands the respective groups make–particularly so when one considers, as Liz pointed out, the number of so-called “pro-life” individuals who conversely support the death penalty and “just wars”.

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