What Was Once the “Pro-Choice Movement” Has Become Enthusiastically Pro-Abortion

Opinion   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Aug 22, 2014   |   1:17PM   |   Washington, DC

What used to be called the pro-choice movement is morphing into an agenda that is enthusiastically and unabashedly, pro-abortion. Why? As I explain in my First Things biweekly column:

proabort39Mendacity has its costs. Understanding the public’s sentimentality about babies, pro-choice apologists often falsely claimed their goal was simply to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare.”

That worked for a time.

But conceding that abortion should be “rare” implicitly accepted the pro-life movement’s fundamental premise—that the entity terminated in an abortion is far more than an inflamed appendix. Eventually, the sheer force of logic and fact helped push the country in a more pro-life direction.

This means the never-changing abortion is about to change:

I expect that in the coming years abortion rights supporters will execute a tactical retreat that admits the humanity of the unborn, conjoined with a strong counter-offensive dismissing the moral relevance of that biological fact.

What matters, advocates will increasingly assert, is the state’s guarantee that women’s reproductive desires are fulfilled—with abortion viewed as a positively good way of doing so. Pro-lifers had better quickly discern how to counter the new candidly explicit pro-abortion advocacy.

“Pro-choice” is out. Roe v. Wade is to be overturned as too restrictive.

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Pro-lifers take notice: That approach took a big step forward with a recent court ruling comparing abortion access to the Second Amendment. For more, hit this link.

LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.