On February 20, ThinkProgress announced the release of a new extension for Google Chrome that changes instances of “pro-life” to “anti-choice” in online articles.
Advocates of legal abortion consider the term “anti-choice” to be a badge of dishonor. However as I have noted previously, if you use the word “choice” to refer to the callous dismemberment & discarding of a preborn human child, then yes – I’m proudly anti-choice.
It would be more accurate for the pro-abortion crowd to refer to pro-lifers as anti-abortion-choice. But we know that they can’t stand the A-word, and that they’d rather mischaracterize us as backwards bigots who are blindly opposed to choice. Who could be against choice? Isn’t choice a good thing? Everyone is pro-choice. But some choices are wrong. The real question is, which choices do you support or defend?
So I have created my own extension for Google Chrome. It changes all instances of “pro-choice” to “pro-abortion,” and it changes “anti-choice” to “pro-life.” Here’s an example of how it works:
I chose to use the term “pro-abortion” instead of “pro-abortion-choice” not only because the latter is too much of a mouthful and disrupts the flow of the sentence, but also because it is a fair term to apply to those who support the choice to dismember a living child and throw her in the medical waste container.
When we refer to those who support the right of a state to execute criminals as being pro-death-penalty, we are not implying that these individuals support the state executing every citizen. Rather, we acknowledge that the term implies that the position of the individual is such that it is the right of the state to determine whether or not to enforce the death penalty based on laws specific to certain crimes.
The same applies to individuals who support the right of a woman to have her child killed by an abortionist. We are not implying that people we refer to as pro-abortion believe that every woman must have her child killed by an abortionist. Rather, we affirm that the term implies that the position of the pro-abortion individual is that every woman has the right to choose whether or not she will have her child killed by an abortionist.
I hope this new Google Chrome extension is useful to some. More importantly though, I hope it helps make the point that terminology matters. “Anti-choice” is indeed a disingenuous term to apply to those who are anti-the abortion choice. And “Pro-choice” is likewise, not an accurate term to apply to those who support taking the choice to live away from those who have no voice.