This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Pro-choice or Pro-abortion; is There a Difference?

Years ago I wrote a response to the election of Barack Obama in which I referred to him as “pro-abortion”. Some people wrote back to tell me that I was hateful for calling him this or that I was wrong; they claimed that he is pro-choice, not pro-abortion. Some even said that he is pro-life and wants to do everything he can to reduce abortions.

Before I get into what his agenda is and why I stand by my words about his position, I want to tackle the pro-abortion or pro-choice argument or “rhetoric”, which is what this really is about.

The rhetoric war has been won for the most part by what I call the pro-abortion movement. They have themselves adopted the term pro-choice because it sounds a lot nicer than pro-abortion. I have often wondered why they have not changed another term that they use to describe themselves, “abortion rights advocates”. If they are pro-choice and not pro-abortion then why not refer to themselves as “choice rights advocates”?

Let’s break down the words and examine what they mean. “Pro” obviously means that you are in support of something. Pro-gun, pro-gay rights, pro-life, pro-union; these are all terms that describe something you support. Why is it then that the term pro-abortion is not used proudly?

The term “pro-choice” should really embody all of the “pro” stances on every issue; it shouldn’t just define one issue. When someone refers to themselves as pro-choice, what choice are they referring to? Abortion. So what they are saying is that they believe it is fine for someone to obtain an abortion, which makes them pro-abortion. If you believe people have the right to form and join unions even if you would never join one, you are pro-union. Would you be angry that someone referred to you as pro-union? Would you say I just believe in the choice to join a union, but I am not pro-union? Of course not.

The use of the word choice shows that it is all about the stigma of being called pro-abortion; is there a stigma if there is nothing wrong with abortion? Why would people be so opposed to being referred to as pro-abortion if abortion is perfectly acceptable?

To answer that we have to determine what abortion is. Is abortion simply the termination of a pregnancy? Is abortion just a medical procedure that removes unwanted cell masses from your body, like liposuction?

The answer to those questions is a resounding no. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, but what is a pregnancy? The Random House dictionary definition of pregnant reads: having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal. The Cambridge Dictionary reads: of a woman and some female animals having young developing inside the womb.

Abortion is the termination or killing of a developing human person in the early stages of their life. It is that simple. We can try and sanitize it with words or phrases but that does not change what it is.

There are a lot of things that are unpleasant that people or organizations try to make less appalling by changing the words used to describe them. As a parent I am guilty of this myself. When my children need to defecate I do not use that term; I say “go potty”. Does this change the fact that they are defecating? No, it just makes it sound less gross and nasty.

That is why the pro-abortion movement wants to be referred to as pro-choice, not pro-abortion; abortion carries a stigma that they don’t want to be identified with. The difference is that there is nothing wrong with defecating; it is natural and how our bodies were created to work. There is, however, something wrong with abortion; it is un-natural and destroys one of the natural functions of a woman’s body.

We should not give into the sanitization of abortion; it needs to be exposed for what it is. We should not allow rhetoric to define how we describe an evil like the killing of innocent human persons.

I have often heard people say that they would love to see abortion reduced or minimized. Why? If there is nothing immoral or wrong about abortion then why would we care how many people had them? Why would we want to reduce something that is perfectly ok? If you want to reduce them then you must think there is something wrong with them; what is it that is wrong?

This is one of the ways that Barack Obama has tried to characterize himself to people. He tries to sound like he is not the pro-abortion advocate that he really is. His own words and record contradict that; what he will do as President will be dangerous and devastating to this nation and the world.

This week we have already heard that he will be reversing lifesaving Executive Orders that will result in the destruction of human life worldwide. He plans to reverse the Mexico City Policy which blocks the US Government from giving money to organizations who provide abortion in other countries. We will be paying for abortions overseas with our tax dollars. He will open up the funding of destruction of human embryos for research paid for with your tax dollars.

This is just the beginning of the destruction of human life that has been and will continue to be championed by Barack Obama. During the primary season he spoke at a Planned Parenthood event and promised them that he one of the first things he would do as President is sign the FOCA bill into law. The Freedom of Choice Act will wipe out all restrictions on abortion in this country. There will be no more parental notification, no restrictions whatsoever including the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and an increase in federal funding of abortion.

How can you say you want to reduce abortions, and wipe out every restriction there is, and fund abortion in the US and other countries with US tax dollars? The pro-life movement and, more importantly, the sanctity of human life will be set back over 30 years once Barack Obama takes the Office of President.

I have been told that speaking negatively about the President is hateful and disrespectful. I have been told that I need to support our new President and just pray for him. I agree that we need to pray for him, and pray hard. I however disagree that pointing out the truth of what he plans to do, and has promised to do is hateful in any way. I would even argue that silence would be hateful; apathy and acceptance of his plans would be disrespectful to those whose lives are in jeopardy.

I know that God is still on the throne and He is sovereign. I know that God is not worried, panicking or hiding in a corner in fear. I know that He is still our King and our only hope is in His Son, Jesus.

I also know that He commands us to “ love our neighbor as ourselves ” (Luke 10:27). When our neighbors are dying by the thousands every day in this nation, we have an obligation to stand up and fight for their lives. God calls us to “ rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter ” (Proverbs 24:11).

I will not cheapen the sanctity of life or sanitize the pro-abortion movement by using the term pro-choice. I will not sit quietly by as my brothers and sisters are being slaughtered in abortion mills every day. I will pray for, but not support, our President as he opens the floodgates and destroys all regulations and restrictions against the killing of innocent children.

Logic 101

A fetus is a human being.

Killing a human being is wrong.

Abortion is killing a human being.

Abortion is wrong.

To say you are pro-choice but not pro-abortion, is simply illogical.

21 Comments

  1. Anna
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I honestly can’t say I agree with this. I understand your argument, and I respect it completely. But being pro-choice is no longer the same as being pro-abortion, despite the beginnings the phrase had. I am pro-choice, and I very firmly stand by my opinion that the choice is not mine, nor a politician’s place to make for any woman. That is what ‘choice’ means. The ability to decide for oneself. Should the circumstances call for it, abortion should be an option. For women who don’t necessarily believe in your God and his commandments, for women who might die themselves by going through childbirth, for rape victims and the rest. I will be frank. My sister very recently had an abortion. She was mentally unstable, suicidal, and emotionally traumatized at the time of her pregnancy. I’ve had many people tell me that she should have just given the child up for adoption, and that’s easy to say looking in on the matter. Having been with her through the entire situation, I am well aware of the fact that 1) The pregnancy escalated her mental instability and caused violent moodswings that often ended in physical altercations initiated by her. 2) She could not recieve medication for her bipolarity and depression while pregnant; medication she direly needed. 3)She lived on her own at the beginning of her pregnancy and often could not and was unwilling to provide sustenance for herself and her child, due to her intense depression. Nine months of her violent, suicidial tendencies would have left her and her child in very poor shape, if not dead before the due date. After the abortion, she was granted the medical attention she needed, found a stable job, and is happy and providing for herself nicely. I have my sister alive, now. Not her and a niece, maybe. I would take the surety of one life over the chance of two anyday. Example 2. My cousin was stricken with a severe cancer, one of the rarest and deadliest known. 1 of 2 patients do not survive. She did, fortunately, but is now incapable of coming to full term. To even attempt has a 73% chance of fatality. In order to ensure her life continues, she MUST abort any pregnancy. Medically, there is no alternative. Should she be banned the choice of abortion, she would die as would her child. Would you honestly expect a woman to knowingly approach her death, give up her hopes, dreams, and loved ones, to honor a commandment from a God you don’t even know she prays too? No. A ‘resounding’ no, as you put it. There must be a limit to how far we, as Christians, go. We cannot force our religion or religious ideals on another. We can only offer salvation and thank Him for those that accept. THIS is why I am pro-choice. Because I respect that my God is not the only one being worshipped in this country. I want the right to say no to abortion, but I owe my fellow people the right to make their own choices about their own lives and whose commandments they follow. Is this not what God did for us, when he gave us the freedom of will?

    • Kay
      Posted September 17, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      What I don’t understand is why abortion proponents continue to refer to life-threatening cases. Here is the deal, for me. Hundreds of thousands of babies are killed every year – sometimes, over a million. The majority of those abortions are women who simply do not want to be pregnant. They’re not dying or mentally unstable. They simply believe in choice minus responsibility. Does that work for you in your job? Can you choose to NOT go to work simply because you chose to go out and get drunk the night before? Sure you can. But there are consequences. Especially when your boss gets wind of why you didn’t show up. NOTHING in real life is without consequences. There are certain things that are just wrong. When you get angry, you may not kill someone. That’s murder. Killing an unborn child because you were thoughtless and foolish about your life and don’t want to face the choice you made so you try to (1) cover it up; or get rid of it… is murder – short of it being a medical necessity. People who call themselves Christians and who knowingly vote in leaders who perpetuate the sin of spilling ‘innocent blood’ will be shocked at what their eternity holds. And if you’re a Christian? Look up what God has to say about shedding innocent blood. There is absolutely a curse associated with it. If you want to take that step back and wave your hands and say, “Hey, not my body, not my choice” then you go right ahead. I personally think there should be laws against ripping perfectly viable children out of a mother’s womb because she made the wrong choice. Pregnancy, for most women is NOT a death sentence. If you don’t want a child, then give it up for someone else to love and care for. It’s really not that hard. This post is by no means exhaustive and not mean to be exhaustive.

      • Alex
        Posted April 7, 2015 at 10:45 am | Permalink

        Give me one unreligious reason why it is wrong for a woman to abort.

        • Alicia
          Posted August 25, 2015 at 1:29 am | Permalink

          Because you’re literally MURDERING “something”? God forbid you call an unborn child exactly what he/she is; AN UNBORN CHILD. You pro-abortion people love to play the “fetus” card, you know why? It’ desensitizing.

        • Richard
          Posted September 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

          There is no nonreligious reason. As Dostoevsky argued many years ago, “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”

          • Shylah McVey
            Posted February 29, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

            Richard you are so right. I am religious, but if we are to believe that this all happened by chance and there is no greater value, then everything is indeed permitted.

    • Kimberly
      Posted September 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Anna, I think you missed the whole point. If you support a woman’s choice to abort her baby then you support abortion. You are therefor pro-abortion. You can play with words all day but it won’t change that fact. I have never heard of a bipolar woman not being able to carry a pregnancy to term. There are medicatons that can be taken while pregnant. It may have been inconvient for her but very doubtfully life threatening. Now along with the trauma of mental illness she has to carry the guilt of knowing she murdered her child. Had you truly cared about her you would habve sought out a crisis pregnancy center that would have helped her carry to term and then place the baby for adoption. Instead you chose to saddle her with the extra burden of knowing she ended the life of her own child. That is not loving. As far as your cousin by God why doesn’t she get her tubes tied or get essure. If she cannot carry a child then she should be responsible and make absolutely sure that she doesn;t get pregnant and therefor have no need to kill an innocent child.

      • Shylah McVey
        Posted February 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        Kimberly Don’t say she didn’t care for her sister. Just because people make mistakes or bad decisions doesn’t mean they don’t care for others. Or that they didn’t think they weren’t good decisions. Or that they were even bad ones to begin with.

        People will do all sorts of things because they care. Don’t think just because the ends don’t justify the means that the means wasn’t important to them.

    • T
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      I am a women. You believe that the government should not influence my choice. What if I choose to steal and shoplift. Oh wait but that’s illegal. What if I choose to murder my abusive husband. Oh wait, that’s illegal. Laws are in place to protect humans, and abortion does not protect anyone. It causes harm by killing a human life, and harm to the women physically and emotionally in most cases.

    • Misty
      Posted August 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      If you claim to be pro-choice that means you are OK with a woman choosing to kill her baby for any reason. That is pro-abortion I don’t care how you try to describe it.

  2. Posted September 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I wrote about this in length earlier this year as well. The “logic” displayed by pro-abortions is staggeringly ignorant.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat/2012/03/you-keep-using-that-word-i-do-not-think-it-means-what-you-think-it-means.html

  3. Boopie
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Abortion has become a method of birth control in North America. The majority of abortions are performed because a woman doesn’t want to be pregnant, plain and simple, not because their health is threatened. If a woman’s health is threatened, any hospital will do what has to be done to save the life of the woman. In these cases, the loss of the baby is NOT an abortion but an emergency medical procedure to save the mother’s life. Duh! Abortion is elective! Abortion is choosing to kill an innocent life just because you can. I wish the fearmongers of the pro-choice movement would stop using the argument that laws against abortions will hurt women who might need emergency medical procedures. What hospital or doctor do you know would stand there and watch you die if the baby growing inside you was going to kill you, law or no law? Or what hospital or doctor wouldn’t give you the choice, at least, to make a decision about what to do? Give me a break. The bottom line is this: our society does not value life. Our society does not value anything but SELF. When a pregnancy occurs, it is no longer about you but about that other life. People are selfish and want it to continue to be about them, so they abort. Its the quick and easy way to not lose their top status in life. If they can live with the guilt of sleeping around or having unprotected sex or whatever else they’re doing, they can obviously live with the guilt of killing an innocent baby. As long as their lifestyle doesn’t have to change, things are good. I often think to myself, maybe these babies are aborted because God doesn’t want to suffer those children to be related to their mothers. Besides, these babies are in a much better place than in the arms of their murderers. God holds them and loves them, and sheds a tear for the twisted hearts of His children on earth who are so wrapped up in themselves that they don’t see what a gift life is. I’m so sick of this world. I’m sick when I think of the culture of death and self that is enveloping us. Jesus, come soon.

    • Does it Matter?
      Posted May 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      To Boopie… Nice God reference. Not everybody believes in the same god, however, so you need to find a better argument that is reasonable to all people regardless of religion, otherwise you just come off as a stuck up, prissy Catholic or Christian man/woman who believes that all other religions are lesser than yours, so way to go, champ! *sarcastic clapping*

      Oh and as for this website, the fact that they require you to answer “7-_= Three” is very insulting to the average person

      • Posted May 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        As for the 7-3 question, that is to reduce spam posts. It has nothing to do with testing anyones intelligence.

  4. briana
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Abortion is not a woman´s right. But… if I got pregnant from a one night stand I would have an abortion because I can. I dont´t fell that abortion is good or bad, moral or inmoral I just fell that is not my right just as a person who steals in a store because no one is looking but he is fully aware that it´s not his right. Of course I will never say this to a pro – choice I just walk across them and let them fight for something that is convenience for me. (Sorry if my english is bad)

  5. Julia
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Logic 101
    A fetus is a human being.
    Killing a human being is wrong.
    WAR is killing a human being.
    WAR is Wrong.
    I am so happy that you are anti-war and the killing of soldiers and civilians and especially innocent children in War.
    You must also support Gun Control so innocent children are not killed every day in schools, at homes, in movie theaters, and on the street.

    To say you are pro-choice but not pro-abortion, is simply illogical.
    No true. Not a logical statement anyway.
    How much time, energy, and money to you spend helping kids, teens, adults not get pregnant in the first place? How much time and effort do you spend on making sure men and women do not rape others? Rapes can result in pregnancies! How much time, effort, writing, do you spend helping pregnant women while they are pregnant with an unplanned pregnancy and helping to support that baby in utero, during birth, and after birth. When everyone who fights women’s choices in this world can do all of the above and more then go ahead and vote for anti-choice. (Just to reiterate God gave us choice/free will in the first place. He doesn’t control us like people who make the above statements try to control everyone.) God loves and gives choice as we should do with everyone.

    • Ron
      Posted November 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Your false premise is “All War is wrong.”
      That makes your conclusion wrong. Glad you like Logic tho, I do too. Peace.

  6. James
    Posted October 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Pro choice is not pro abortion. That is a preposterous statement. My question is how come so many so called pro lifers support the death penalty? How can one be both and not be hypocrites?

  7. Kerry Douglas
    Posted April 8, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I have to totally disagree with this.

    Pro-choice = the principle.

    It’s not saying you encourage abortions it’s saying you are in favour of women having the choice. The choice to make their own decision about their body/life/future.

    It’s a basic human right to chose and fine you have religious reasons, conservative values etc etc but you should not enforce others to follow them. You should always give people the choice. Even God gave us free will.

  8. Ciara Veerhusen
    Posted April 15, 2016 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Let me just state a very common fact (not opinion) pro-choice and pro abortion ARE NOT the same. Pro-choice is believing that every woman should be able to make decisions within her own body. Pro abortion is “I’m all for abortion, abortion all the way, if I get pregnant, I’m getting an abortion!” Not the same AT ALL. Try to be a little less ignorant of you’re going to post sure disgusting false information. I have two BEAUTIFUL little boys and I have been and ALWAYS WILL BE (very proud to be) PRO CHOICE. Do you know how disgusting it is to be raped in Mexico in the bathroom of a shop? Do you know how horrifying it is to grow up without a mother? I was in BOTH of those situations. Now imagine being 10 years old an being raped be ANYONE and becoming pregnant. It may be easy for you pro lifers to say just have the baby and give it up for adoption but YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I had my first son at 15 and nearly commuted suicide at 16 because of the aftermath. How about the mom who has 2-3 kids and is pregant with her next child but is told either them or the child lives? GROWING UP WITHOUT A MOTHER WAS THE MOST TRAMATIC AND HORRIFYING EVENTS THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME. So please honestly tell me you would take that risk to put your other children though HELL for the rest of their lives? I don’t think you HONESTLY can and honestly is a strong thing to express. If you haven’t been through it, don’t judge because you’re a bible thumper or what you’ve read on the Internet. Women are put in gap awful situations and just because you can’t understand them, DOES NOT mean you have the right to judge anyone. I am pro choice NOT pro abortion. If you can have your baby and what your baby no matter what you chose to decide after, then have him or her. Babies are beautiful. My boys are the most precious angels I’ve every met. However, if you can’t, don’t let people think you’re a baby killer or pro murder, because that’s ignorant. Just remember all you pro choicers, when he pro life crazies come at you all crazy, you are NOT a bad person. Do not let someone else’s beliefs make you feel ashamed for the rest of your life because you did what was best for your family, your health, your life (if a child) or in any circumstance. I don’t know why the pro life people keep calling us baby murderers. If you look at it realistically, THEY WILL NEVER , ban abortion. No matter who is elected. Presidents don’t decide. Several people do. So get over yourselves, look past what you would do and consider others and other situations! America should be ONE not seperate parties. And FWI, THAT is what is destroying this country. Goodnight every body 🙂

  9. Daniel
    Posted April 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I doubt I’ll convince a pro-birth person that a fetus isn’t a viable human life, as that’s basically the most intractable part of the issue, so I’ll be brief:

    • A fetus can’t survive on its own. It is fully dependent on its mother’s body, unlike born human beings.
    • If, for the sake of argument, I conceded that a fetus *IS* a “life,” the “right to life” doesn’t imply a right to use somebody else’s body. People have the right to refuse to donate their organs or blood, for example, even if doing so would save somebody else’s life.
    • The “right to life” also doesn’t imply a right to live by threatening somebody else’s life. Bearing children is always a threat to the life of the mother (especially, but not limited to – young children).
    • A “right to life” is, at the end of the day, a right to not have another’s life/existence imposed/mandated upon one’s body. Do the women not have this right as well?

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