What Are Some New Terms We Can Use Instead Of ‘Pro Choice’?


After years of tireless service to the women’s rights movement, it would seem that the term “pro choice” has outlasted its effectiveness. At least, according to its former BFF, Planned Parenthood, which is now seeking to distance itself from the term. “It’s a complicated topic and one in which labels don’t reflect the complexity,” said PP president Cecile Richards at a recent press conference.

Personally, I am not opposed to labels if they are clear and descriptive, and I’ve always found this term to be so. “Pro choice” encompasses not only the right to a safe and legal abortion, but the choice to have children as well, and the choice to take control of one’s reproductive health in general. I mean, who doesn’t like having choices? But many women polled think the label doesn’t speak to the complex circumstances of each individual woman’s life. It doesn’t mean they want to ban abortion in some circumstances, explained Richards, it just means that voters are finicky about language, or something.

PP doesn’t plan to replace this perfectly serviceable slogan with anything. But that doesn’t mean we can’t! Here are some potential new phrases we could use instead of “pro choice.”

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    • JustaThought

      More importanly, we need to change the way we talk about people who are against reproductive rights. Instead of pro-life (who ISN’T pro-life?!) we need to start calling those people what they are – anti-choice. We’re all pro-life man. Let’s re-frame the convo by using a label that more clearly identifies the opposers.

      • LizAbear

        A million times this! The Anti Choice side of things controls so much of the rhetoric, and it really manipulates the conversation before it even starts. “Partial Birth Abortions” anyone?

      • Jenny

        Anti-choice is as ridiculous, inflammatory, and non-descriptive as pro-life.If we are really going to be clear about it, shouldn’t the labels just be “pro-abortion rights” and “anti-abortion”.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/SirWinstoneChurchill Winston Blake
      • alexandra

        dude, STOP.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/SirWinstoneChurchill Winston Blake

        I like blood… and titties… anything that bleeds for four days can’t be trusted, but I still fall for it…

      • jamiepeck

        I agree with you 100%. I hate it that the anti-choicers got to hijack such a great word in a totally disingenuous fashion. (What about the woman’s life?)

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/SirWinstoneChurchill Winston Blake

        The only difference between abortion and the death penalty is that one gets a trial by a jury of peers..

        The difference between you and I – - is that I am at least honest about what killing is.

        I frankly don’t care if you kill your babies.

    • meteor_echo

      I like the term “pro-choice”. However, the “pro-life” party should be called “pro-forced-birth” instead – which is exactly what they are.