Notable & Quotable: Pro-Choice No More

May 13, 2022 6:18 p.m. ET

Planned Parenthood in Fairview Heights, Ill., May 12.


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From February 10, 2021, blog post by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. Politico reported on Thursday that the House of Representatives issued a memo to staff members describing the word “choice” as “harmful language”:

“Choice” assumes that everyone can have an abortion and that someone only has to choose whether or not they want to have an abortion. . . . Black feminists and black feminists have pointed out that this is not the case: the legal right to choose to have an abortion does not always mean that someone can actually have an abortion. “Choice” ignores the realities of life of people, especially Blacks and people of color, who face barriers often compounded by racist and class-discriminatory policies that make they don’t get the care they need. . . . Full access to care doesn’t just mean the ability to get care; it also means that care should be respected and affirmed, without the judgment of society. Well-intentioned people often contrast “pro-choice” with “pro-abortion”, because I am a pro-choice, not a pro-abortionist. But that hurts those who have had an abortion. It implies that abortion is not a good thing. . . .

So what can someone say instead of just “opinion in favor”? You can absolutely say:

• pro-abortion, pro-abortion rights, pro-abortion outreach or pro-abortion equity — abortion is not an obscene word.

• pro-reproductive health care or reproductive freedom when you’re talking about more than abortion.

• “I support access to abortion” or “I support access to abortion”.

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Appears May 14, 2022, print. Notable & Quotable: Pro-Choice No More

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