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Teresa W (782)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:02 am
They are pro-birth, not pro-life.

Mari 's (1356)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:06 am
People Who Call Themselves “Pro-Life” Are Lying, Here Are 10 More Accurate Descriptions

Author: Matthew Desmond April 21, 2013 6:17 pm

There’s a lot of terms floating around that people use to describe themselves when they want to make their position sound more appealing, even if those terms are a completely (and very deliberately) misleading. One such lie term is “pro-life.”

John Fugelsang said it best: “Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’” Indeed, the term “pro-life” has come to represent a group of people whose values have nothing to do with protecting life, and living people, and more to do with protecting unborn fetuses to the exclusion of all other considerations.

The only way to effectively kill a misnomer, such as “pro-life,” is to replace it with a more accurate description. I would encourage everyone to pick one of these terms, and start using it in place of the words “pro-life,” when discussing abortion.

1. Anti-Abortion: People who call themselves “pro-life” oppose abortion. Since that’s the only argument the “pro-life’ moniker is applied to we should just call their position what it is: opposition to a woman’s right to get an abortion, or anti-abortion for brevity.

2. Anti-Choice: This term works because the people who proclaim that they are “pro-life” are using that term to describe their position in regards to whether or not a woman can choose to have an abortion and absolutely nothing else. See the Fugelsang quote above. Therefore they are anti-choice. “Life” does not even enter the equation.

3. Pro-Fetus: This term works because a large swathe of the “pro-life” movement are the same people who support cutting funding to programs like WIC, food stamps, and other programs which generally help mothers and children. If they were really concerned with “life,” and not just the fetus, then they would aggressively commit themselves to make sure children have enough food to eat, a proper education, and a place to live. Since their concern for the fetus ends as soon as it is born, they are clearly pro-fetus.

4. Pro-Birth: Same reasoning as “pro fetus,” this term works because so many people who consider themselves “pro-life” stop caring about whether or not the baby is adequately taken care of the instant it’s born.

5. Pro-Controlling Women: It’s irrefutable that the people who would deny women the right to have an abortion are trying to control women. If someone thinks they’re more qualified than a pregnant woman to decide what she does with her body, without her input, that’s control, pure and simple.

6: Pro-Abuse: Attempting to dominate or control another person in a relationship is considered domestic abuse, so how is attempting to control women whom you’ve never met not considered abuse? A woman in Ireland died last year because she was denied a lifesaving abortion for a pregnancy that was already ending in an unavoidable miscarrage. How are the doctors who denied her that life saving procedure any better than a man who tells a woman how to dress, or what to do? If controlling what a woman does with her time is considered abuse then denying that same woman a medical procedure should be considered equally abhorrent.

7. Anti-Sex: My friend Justin insisted for a long time that the people who oppose abortion do so because they think that a baby should be punishment for premarital sex, and I was admittedly skeptical, but he actually proved it, here. I’ll let his words on this topic speak for themselves, he makes an excellent argument.

8. Pro-Religious Control: A lot of the arguments that fuel the anti-abortion debate are religious in nature. Since not everyone follows the same religion, trying to assert your religious beliefs over other people can be considered nothing less than pro-religious control. Not all of the “pro-life” movement is opposed to abortion, necessarily, but they are in favor of controlling people on the basis of religion. Rick Santorum, for example, who strongly opposes abortion for religious reasons, had no problem with his own wife having a life saving abortion. Despite the fact that his own wife needed one, because of his religion, he continues to insist that it should be denied to other women. What’s more controlling than that?

9. Misogynist: Misogyny is defined as the hatred of women, and what’s more hateful to women than treating them like they’re too stupid to decide what to do with their bodies, by denying them a procedure which could be life saving, medically necessary or, in many cases, the responsible choice to make? I can’t think of many things more hateful than letting women die, or forcing them to carry a rapist’s baby to term, because you think you’re more qualified to make their medical decisions than they are.

10. Hypocrite: I thought I’d end with this one, because after the previous examples it should be glaringly obvious that this isn’t a debate about “life,” it’s a debate about abortion and what women are capable of deciding in regards to their own bodies. History, and extensive studies, have shown that making abortion illegal doesn’t get rid of abortion; it only makes the procedure more dangerous and unregulated, which causes more women to die from complications. According to the World Health Organization, “illegal abortion is usually unsafe abortion.” Anyone who would call themselves “pro-life,” while simultaneously trying to outlaw abortions, making them more deadly, is a hypocrite.

I consider myself pro-life because I support programs and policies which help people to thrive, including abortion. There’s nothing “pro-life,” or noble, about forcing a woman to carry an unwanted fetus to term, especially when that fetus could put her life in danger, was conceived through rape or incest, or would be subjected to a life of difficulty and poverty because the mother is unable to provide for a child.

We can’t continue to allow people to pretend that they support life, on the basis that they oppose abortion. We have to be willing to say, “No, that’s not what you are, and I’m not going to let you lie about your position in order to make it sound more appealing. You are not pro-life. If you were, you would be fundraising for orphanages instead of protesting at abortion clinics.”

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Roger Skinner (14)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 9:07 am
I have always called them anti-abortion because of many of the same reasons this article mentions. But also because, other than trying to make abortion illegal again, they do nothing to address the reasons for why women get abortions, and, in fact, are often against things which are intended to reduce unwanted pregnancies such as decent sex education and distribution of birth control.

Laura H (964)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 10:11 am
EXCELLENT article and comments!!!

The TRUTH matters!

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 4:44 pm
Every woman has a right to a safe Abortion if she wants one

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:30 am
It's very threatening to think you have to live no matter how bad so called "life" is.

Mike M (43)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:02 am
Great article and to have to live and lie to yourself for your forced convictions is worse than anything else.

Dot A (182)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:38 am
A judgmental attitude (most presumably stemming from some deep personal experience) blocks those who cannot, will not, and choose not, to see another person's reasons to stop an unwanted child into an unwanted situation, and to be disadvantaged in a world that is challenging even for the most wanted.

- it's a kind of Shangri la la idealism -

It is wonderful to plan for a child; Welcome a child; Cherish a child; and be there to provide, protect, guide, and always feel the blessing when a child is born. Children are born needing these things, and sadly, when they are deprived of these things, we bear the sorrow,...

Love takes many forms. Prevention is one. As humans we are flawed. But, to make a decision that prevents suffering and sorrow, we learn to make things better.

Janis K (127)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:35 am
Super article! thanks

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:31 pm
Denying safe and legal abortion does NOT end the NEED for abortion!
When on this green earth will MEN be held to the same standard?
NEVER because if men became pregnant abortion would be a sacrament!

Chelsea M (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:44 pm
Very accurate.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:34 pm
great share

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:59 pm
Certainly no news that they are lying - they lie like they breathe. But the best organized expansion of that proposition I have seen.

marie C (163)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:24 pm
Good article
Pro Lifers not to b heard yet on this thread

. (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:37 pm
There are only 2 positions on this issue. One is either pro-abortion or anti-abortion. Pro-abortionists believe it is ok to sacrifice an innocent life for any selfish reason a woman can come up with, anti-abortionists do not. Matthew Desmond clearly makes a lot of assumptions about what pro-lifers believe and support and what they do not. Just exactly what constitutes a "large swathe" Matthew, and where do you get your statistics to support this statement? The issue has never been about what a woman does with her own body, but about whether she should have the right to choose death for someone else because she isn't willing to take responsibility for her own actions and choices.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 12:37 am

Lona G (80)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:33 am
Thanks for an excellent posting, Mari. All proposed terms had merit.

I think it would be a good idea to use one term on Care2 when referring to people who call themselves pro-life and preferably NOT pro-life. It'll take some discussion, but perhaps with a poll with a choice out of the first five, we could get a vote started and agree on one term fast.

Ela V (85)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 9:21 am
i'm sorry not to agree with you, but how can a person who is pro-life be pro-abortion?

what kind of right is this? the right to kill? many of us fight so hard to save the lives of abandoned animals yet a human life doesn't count? is it not precious? so many women suffer infertility, yet those who are fertile put their fertility at risk for an abortion? do you know what an abortion is? it's a surgery! it affects your body and your mind.

i wouldn't mind what people think about me, but in the present i'd dare to give birth even if doctors would warn me that it would be fatal to me, and i'd dare rise a child even if i were unmarried and i had no money, i'd chose to be a prostitute if i were to do it for money to raise my children because the intelligence of the universe would know i didn't do it because i like it

let's end with malthusian false alarms and with fascist population control policies, human population growth is not the biggest concern of the human systems sustainability

Mari 's (1356)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 3:55 pm
End The Wars On Women
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