“Anti-Choice” a Dishonest, Inaccurate Term in Abortion Debate

Opinion   |   David Schmidt   |   Jul 20, 2011   |   7:56PM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood and others in the pro-abortion lobby love to label pro-life advocates as “anti-choice”. This label isn’t only ambiguous – it’s dishonest.

Let me explain:

The reason why I oppose the choice of human fetal abortion is not because I oppose choices; it is because they oppose a specific choice – human abortion. If one opposes the choice of a man to hit his wife, is that person “anti-choice”? Of course not. The essence of opposing the choice of a man to hit his wife stems from an opposition to violence, not an opposition to choices. Likewise, the essence of opposition to human abortion is not an opposition to choices, but an opposition to killing human life.

By definition, someone who is “anti-choice” would be opposed to ALL choices whether they be about feticide, stealing, or eating food.

The core issue is not about choice any more than murder, slavery, and stealing are about choice. It is about what we do with living unborn human fetuses biologically developing inside and dependent on another human. Do these fetuses have rights and if so, what are they? Does the mother have rights and what are they? What do we do when these rights conflict? Do some rights take precedent over others? These are the significant questions.

Lastly, even the term “pro-choice” is misleading. It isn’t that those who are “pro-choice” support all choices (surely they don’t support domestic violence); it is that they support the choice to abort a living human embryo or fetus. Opposing that choice isn’t anti-choice; it is rather anti-human abortion or pro-human life rights. Now that is precise, logical, and scientifically accurate.

LifeNews.com Note: David Schmidt is the CFO and Media Director for Life Action, the pro-life group best known for exposing sexual abuse coverup at Planned Parenthood. David is a human rights activist who specializes in grassroots organizing with an emphasis on web technology and reaching today’s youth. This column appeared at the Live Action blog and is reprinted with permission.