I’ve noticed a recent trend to stop using the terms Pro-Choice and Pro-life…

November 12th, 2008

…among certain journalists.

In this article the author refers to the two sides as “abortion rights supporters” and “anti-abortion groups”.

I have two things to say about this:

  1. Since when does a journalist get to decide what a movement is called? The two sides already have preferred names. In fact, viagra sale find the article is filled with quotes from people who call themselves pro-life or organizations with pro-choice in their name.
  2. If the pro-choice side gets to be called “abortion rights supports,” I think the pro-life side should be referred to as “fetus rights supporters.”

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  • 1. Tim  |  November 12th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Well, this is another example of the media running scared. I tend to tink the accurate descriptions of the two sides should be:

    Pro-Choice – because after all it is about a woman choosing the course of acion she want to take regarding pregnancy.

    Anti-Abortion – because this group wants to stop all abortions. If it was really about life, then they’d also be anti-death penalty, anti-war, anti-poverty, etc.

  • 2. elliot  |  November 12th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Really, my point is, that a journalist has to use the terms the groups use otherwise they’re editorializing…just like you and I did.

  • 3. Billiam  |  November 12th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Tim, news-flash! It is about life. Innocent life that had no control over his/her conception, yet pays the ultimate price. I’d rather try to stop that than than the execution of a murderer.

    Elliot, until ‘We the People’ demand fairness and accuracy from the Media as a whole, they’ll continue the path they currently tread.

  • 4. Debunked  |  November 12th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    And will you, Billiam, personally put your life on the line for every convicted and executed criminal?

    Because it has happened, and it will happen again, that an innocent man will be convicted and executed for the murder of another.

    I think that the prosecutor, executioner, and state governor should be executed if an individual who has been executed is later found to actually be innocent. We’ll see how many executions actually take place then.

  • 5. Billiam  |  November 12th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Will you, D, step up for all the innocents murdered by abortion? The Death Penalty, on average, seems to take between 10-20 years, what with all the appeals. When has it happened that an innocent man, in recent history, at least, has been executed. When has it happened, ever, that a guilty baby was aborted?

  • 6. Josh Schroeder  |  November 13th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Is it unfortunate and tragic that innocent people are found guilty in court, executed, and then after the fact proven to have not committed the crime? Of course it is.

    That being said, how many unborn babies have ever been accused of breaking the law? In reality, there is no denying that unborn babies have done nothing wrong.

    The difference is that an adult accused of committing a capital crime must make a case based on evidence that he is not guilty, whereas there is no doubt that all aborted babies were innocent.

    Capital punishment kills some innocent people, abortion ONLY kills innocent people. The former needs some reform, the latter is categorically wrong.

    While it is true that both need to be addressed, there is not a moral equivalence between abortion and the death penalty. Abortion is clearly worse and therefore a higher priority for the pro-life movement.

  • 7. Debunked  |  November 13th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    As I am not a religious person, I do not find the soul at conception as pertaining creating a human being at that point.

    As I am not an advocate for abortions much beyond the first trimester, let alone partial birth abortions, coupled with the above statement, I find it fairly difficult to conceive of a mass of a few cells without any cognizant thought as an “innocent individual.”

    Thus, until recognizable brain activity begins (which is typically past even the second trimester while I do not support abortions even that late) I do not consider it an “innocent individual” being murdered.

    I do, still, however oppose the death penalty for the very reason that even one innocent being executed is too many.

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