Friday, October 2, 2015

"Nobody likes abortion."

A lot of people who support legal abortion object to the label "pro-abortion." They tend to prefer the term "pro-choice," claiming "pro-abortion" incorrectly implies they like abortion or would encourage people to get abortions. In reality plenty of people think abortion should be legal but consider it an inevitable tragedy or necessary evil. They are not pro-abortion any more than people who think adultery should be legal are "pro-adultery."

However, when these pro-choicers reject the "pro-abortion" label, their objections often go beyond "I personally am not pro-abortion" to "There's no such thing as 'pro-abortion.'" For example, in Bill Nye's recent nonsensical video on abortion, he claimed "Nobody likes abortion."

But Nye is wrong. While most Americans see abortion as morally contentious, there's a significant faction who embrace abortion as an unadulterated good. For those curious about what this mentality looks like, below is a sampling of writing from people who actually are pro-abortion:

  1. "Saying goodbye to abortion shame." Bust, February 16, 2016
  2. "Actually, I Love Abortion." The Frisky, September 25, 2015
  3. "My abortion made me happy: The story that started the #shoutyourabortion movement" Salon, September 22, 2015
  4. "I am pro-abortion, not just pro-choice: 10 reasons why we must support the procedure and the choice" Salon, April 24, 2015
  5. "Katha Pollitt On What The Pro-Abortion Rights Movement Gets Wrong About Choice" Huffington Post, October 15, 2014
  6. "Abortion: Not Easy, Not Sorry" Elle, October 14, 2015
  7. "Stop calling abortion a 'difficult decision'" Washington Post, August 15, 2014
  8. "Why I Filmed My Abortion" Cosmopolitan, May 5, 2014
  9. "5 Problems With 'Keep Abortion Rare'" Everyday Feminism, April 25, 2014
  10. "So what if abortion ends a life?" Salon, January 23, 2013
  11. "Abortion As a Blessing, Grace, or Gift -- A Renewed Conversation about Reproductive Rights" Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 12, 2013
  12. "It Happened to Us: Abortion" XO Jane, May 8, 2012
  13. "I Love Abortion: Implying Otherwise Accomplishes Nothing for Women's Rights" RH Reality Check, March 14, 2012
  14. "In Defense of Abortion On Demand and Without Apology" Gender Across Borders, September 22, 2011
  15. "Labels, Labels, Labels: The Best One?" The Abortioneers, December 2, 2009

Picture taken by Zombie at one of San Francisco's Walks for Life.

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