A North Carolina abortion activist wants people to stop describing themselves as “pro-choice” and start welcoming the label that pro-life advocates have used for years: pro-abortion.
In a column published at NC Voices, Sarah Haley, the co-director of Charlotte Reproductive Action Network, wrote, “I am pro-abortion and you should be, too.”
“Abortion is not a dirty word. Abortion is freedom. Abortion is equality. Abortion saves lives,” she wrote.
Haley asked people to stop calling themselves “pro-choice” because the label makes it appear as though choosing abortion – the intentional, unnecessary killing of an unborn baby – “is beneath them.”
“In doing so, they advance the narrative that abortion should be rare, with the proper label of shame and only offered to those with the proper story,” she continued.
She went on to make medically inaccurate claims about abortion being necessary in difficult circumstances – a position widely rejected by medical doctors across the world.
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Is abortion a choice when you receive a heartbreaking medical diagnosis? Is abortion a choice when you are desperately trying to escape an abusive relationship with your two young children? Sometimes abortion is the result of an unwanted pregnancy. Other times, it is a necessary procedure to terminate a wanted pregnancy.
Killing a unique, living unborn baby, which is what an abortion does, is never necessary in any of those circumstances. It always is a choice, though a wrong one.
Haley then argued that “choice” also does not apply in social circumstances, such as for women who live hundreds of miles from an abortion facility or women who cannot afford to pay for one.
“Other times, abortion is an act of compassion to end suffering,” she wrote.
And that, Haley concluded, is why she now calls herself pro-abortion and believes others should, too.
Pro-life advocates also have rejected the term pro-choice for decades because it disguises the truth about the violence of abortion against an unborn baby. Yet, pro-lifers frequently receive criticism for describing people as pro-abortion. It is telling that many still prefer the term pro-choice because their discomfort suggests that they recognize, at least to some extent, that there is something morally troubling about abortion.
Abortion activists are pushing further and further toward the normalization of the killing of unborn babies in abortions for any reason up to birth, but they are not moving the polls in their favor. Americans still believe that unborn babies deserve to be protected from abortion in most circumstances, if not all.
Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted in the U.S. every year and nearly 63 million have been aborted since 1973. Abortions are not about choice, freedom or compassion. Every unborn baby’s abortion death is an unnecessary, preventable tragedy and a violation of their most basic human right, the right to life.