I get annoyed when my fellow pro-lifers call pro-choicers
“pro-abortion.” There’s a difference between thinking a woman should be
able to choose whether or not to have an abortion, and thinking a woman
should get an abortion. Indeed, I have adamantly pro-choice friends who
have discouraged women from getting abortions and helped them find
alternatives. There is a distinction.
fact, I’d go further and say there are pro-choice people who are
pro-abortion, pro-choice people who are neither for nor against
abortion, and pro-choice people who are anti-abortion. That last group
are the ones that call themselves “personally pro-life.” They don’t want
to see their views made law, but they do find abortion morally
objectionable. They certainly aren’t “pro-abortion.”
apply the term “pro-life” to myself because it’s the most common phrase
used to describe a person who thinks abortion should be far more
legally restricted. I also apply the term “pro-life” in a more holistic
sense: I am not only against abortion, but also the death penalty.
However, I believe war is necessary in some circumstances, I am not a
vegan, and I happily kill mosquitoes. There are many ways in which you
could argue I am not “pro-life” in the most general sense, in which case
it may be more accurate to call me “anti-abortion.”
and they are a subset of pro-choice people. You can’t be pro-abortion
without being pro-choice, but you can be pro-choice without being
and they are a subset of anti-abortion people.You can’t be pro-life
without being anti-abortion, but you can be anti-abortion without being
pro-life in a more holistic sense.
the end I think it’s simpler to call people by their self-applied
labels and move on, but for clarity’s sake, the above is how I
understand the actual meanings.