I’ve mentioned this before and will probably only mention it six or seven more times, so please read carefully. Do not let the pro-abortion people get away with using terms such as pro-choice or reproductive choice. It is easy to show how false those are. And don’t let them call you anti-abortion or anti-choice without taking the time to explain why they are correct on that claim. You can take what they mean as a personal attack and use it to our advantage.
I used to try and be charitable and refer to pro-abortion people as pro-choice. I preferred to get into the facts and logic and didn’t want to get people distracted by thinking we were just calling them names. But with the latest platform of the Democratic party the most accurate term for them is pro-abortion.
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
We should take the time to explain why pro-abortion is the correct term. If you insist on taxpayer-funding of abortions, that is the opposite of choice. Your are forcing pro-life people to pay for abortions. And you are claiming that we don’t have enough abortions and that society will be better if we have more. They don’t want them to be rare, they want more of them. Those claims aren’t pro-choice, they are pro-abortion.
The majority of those who identify as “pro-choice” agree that abortion should be illegal after the first trimester, that women should have a 24 hour waiting period before having the abortion, that parental consent should be required for teens and that taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund abortions. That makes Obama and anyone supporting the Democrat’s platform the extremists.
Consider how many people who identify as pro-choice agree with pro-life positions on specific topics, then consider how radical the Democrats’ platform is (unrestricted taxpayer-funded abortions at any time, including “partial-birth abortions”/infanticide).
Regarding “reproductive choice” or “reproductive health,” just point out the irrefutable scientific fact that a new human being is created at fertilization. Therefore, abortions are designed to kill human beings who have already been reproduced. Perverse organizations like the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice have self-refuting names. It may seem subtle, but explaining how their pet terms are false undermines their credibility and helps point to the science and logic that are on our side.
These suggestions may seem unimportant, but they can make a big difference. The Left uses terms to their advantage all the time, such as “marriage equality” and the pro-abortion phrases noted above. Don’t let them get away with it. By politely pointing out how pro-abortion their policies are and how “reproductive choice” is about birth control and not abortion we can plant seeds and persuade the middle ground about the truth.
Also, use verbal Judo and turn attack phrases such as “anti-choice” or “anti-abortion” back on them. Just say, “Why yes, I am anti-abortion. Abortions kill innocent but unwanted human beings without adequate justification, so I oppose them. Thanks for noticing! You should oppose them, too.” I’m beginning to prefer the term anti-abortion over pro-life. It is accurate and it spells out the word they hate to say: Abortion.
Regarding “anti-choice,” just ask them to complete the phrase and then agree with them: “You are using ‘choice’ in the sense of choosing to crush and dismember an innocent but unwanted human being without adequate justification, so I am against that choice. You should be, too. But I favor all sorts of other choices for women: Whom to marry, what career to choose, the freedom to speak out against “same-sex marriage,” whether to fund abortions of other people, whether to own a gun, what size soft-drink to consume, whether to home school, and more. How do you feel about all of those choices?”