During the annual “March for Life” on Friday, I happened upon a “pro-choice” rally. Listening to the speeches of various leaders of the movement, I suddenly realized why we may be losing the battle.
Throughout the hour that I was there, no one with a microphone in their hands said “abortion.” It was all about “choice” this and “choice” that. Protect our “freedom to choose.” The A word was conspicuous by its absence.
I understand that we want to preserve the right of women to have a choice in their reproductive decisions, but let’s face it, folks, everyone with half a brain understands that one of those “choices” is, dare I say it, ABORTION. When we say we want to give women that option it implies that we approve of that option, just like we all approve of adoption or childbirth.
When we do not talk about the abortion option, we contribute to the stigma of abortion. Why can’t we just say we support legal abortion, that legal abortion has saved hundreds and thousands of lives over the years, that it can be a good decision? Even when the word is mentioned, it is in the context of an apology. “Abortion is the most difficult, emotional decision a woman will ever make.” Perhaps true for some people, but can we actually make such a broad, sweeping declaration? Poppycock. For many women, it was not a difficult decision. Indeed, it was a relief when they decided and when they had the procedure.
Let’s start talking about the benefits of legal abortion. Over one million women a year get one. Why the heck are we hiding behind the mantle of “choice?” Why not face the issue head on?
By not talking about abortion, we cede that very important part of the debate to the anti-abortion movement. They get to define what abortion is, they get to stigmatize those courageous doctors and their staff who help women every day. They get to prohibit the so-called “partial birth abortion” which was just another option for women and their doctors.
I don’t know when that public relations consultant came out with the word “choice.” It was certainly decades ago. And now we are one vote away from having “choice” eliminated by the Supreme Court. What does that tell you about that strategy?
We need to be honest with the public. We need to stand up for LEGAL ABORTION and toss out the buzz words that mean nothing to a younger generation. Abortion is a benefit to the health of women. Abortion is okay. Just say it.