People who fight to make abortion illegal again are anti-choice, plain and simple. From this day on I refuse to pander to this group by calling them pro-life or even anti-abortion; not because I want to piss them off, no, because I want to be accurate.
Pro-life doesn’t work because, really, who isn’t pro-life? I’m pro-life: I believe that all living people deserve the freedom to go on living… most (if not all, I’m pretty sure all) people feel this way – except for those who are anti-choice. People who will hide behind the excuse that the “ends never justify the means” while they deny a woman her bodily autonomy, and many times end up killing both the woman and the fetus in the process of “fighting for life.” Even if you believe a bundle of cells with no brain activity is alive (funny how when born people are brain dead, we consider them dead… but a fetus without a brain is very much a full and sentient human being) how can you believe that two deaths are better than one? How can you call yourself pro-life and deny women life-saving procedures?
I also refuse to call these people anti-abortion. I know people who are against abortion personally and are still pro-choice. People who recognize that their own personal morality and religious code of ethics do not have to be pushed onto everyone around them through the law. These people recognize that every woman has different goals, life circumstances, support systems, and so on… some women might be perfectly happy to have an unplanned pregnancy and raise the child, or put her/him up for adoption, other women would be completely destroyed by going through a pregnancy. Some woman have wanted pregnancies that end in abortion for a variety of reasons. Everyone woman’s pregnancy is different because we are all unique and different people. Living in a world where abortion is not an option for anyone only works if you think of women merely as fetus-incubators; the second we become real and varied people choices become necessary.
People who truly value life are pro-choice because they recognize the value in each unique life, and would never try to pass a law that ruins countless women’s lives by forcing them to carry unwanted pregnancies against their will… pregnancies that can cause depression, irreversible health issues, even death all to preserve the autonomy of a life that does not even exist yet.
If you are in favor of making abortion, once again, illegal then you are not pro-life, you are not anti-abortion… if you fight to restrict women’s options then you are anti-choice, plain and simple. Call me what you want, but I refuse to call you anything else.
ETA: Apparently I wrote nearly this exact post in January… and promptly forgot about it. What’s worse? I may like the January version of this better. Oh well, I never promised not to be repetitive!