For the kind of American who hasn't given much thought to the issue (or to anything except what fast food they're going to scarf in front of the TV tonight), that moniker might still be somewhat believable. But for anyone who understands the reality of abortion, it's morally incoherent to say that abortion does mean killing a very early human--and then saying with conviction that this is a "right" every woman ought to have.
And for the so-called pro-"choice" leadership--well, pro-choice is a blatant lie.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocacy groups had little good to say on the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that has produced more than 52 million abortions. They complained about how pro-life advocates have spent three decades doing everything possible to water down abortion until it can be ended.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards led the griping and moaning about pro-life advocates and their feverish efforts to protect as many women and children as possible.
"Thirty-seven years ago today, the Roe v. Wade decision solidified the right to choose for American women," she said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
"However, a women's right to make personal health care decisions is under continuous assault by anti-choice organizations and individuals."
She called pro-life educational and legislative efforts to reduce abortions "harassment and intimidation tactics" that "deter women from seeking health care and doctors from providing it."
Examples of those? Richards cited efforts to help women get abortion counseling, "mandatory waiting periods and targeted restrictions on abortion." [Emphasis added--E.M.] [...]
And Nancy Keenan over at NARAL called her supporters to do more to fund abortions in healthcare.
She said "anti-choice activists are rallying around Rep. Bart Stupak who has said that he will stop at nothing to block the final health-reform package if it doesn't include his ban on abortion coverage. We must triumph over divisive anti-choice politics and protect women's health."
"As this crucial fight goes down to the wire, don't let anti-choice extremists get away with using this historic legislation to roll back" abortion funding, she said.
If the pro-abortion zealots consider such mild measures as waiting periods, counseling efforts, and restrictions usually aimed at minors to be "harassment and intimidation tactics," then clearly the whole idea of choice crumbles into ruin. What person who really favored "choice" would oppose the idea that a woman seeking an abortion ought to be counseled first? You can't "un-kill" your baby, you know; wouldn't it be a good idea to make sure women aren't being coerced by immense psychological pressure into making this so-called "choice" in the first place?
And what person who really favored "choice" would mind a waiting period? The pro-aborts go on and on about what an agonizing decision this is, this decision to pay an abortionist to stop the beating heart of the child in one's womb via his usual methods of poison or dismemberment (well, okay, they don't actually admit to that last part). Shouldn't an agonizing decision take a little time to make? There are states that have "cooling off period" laws governing such things as home sales and auto sales--isn't abortion worth a "cooling off period"? I think so, especially since, again, a house or car contract can be walked away from and the house or car sold to someone else, but a dead baby is kind of an irrevocable "choice."
As for restrictions (again, mostly aimed at minors), what responsible person who really favored choice would be against laws requiring a parent or a judge to step in when the abortion involves a minor child who may already be a victim of sexual abuse, for all anyone knows? Is a scared fourteen-year-old really making a "choice" when her coach or teacher or other adult male drives her to the clinic and tells her this is the only option, possibly threatening her if she doesn't comply?
The leadership of the movement that likes to call itself "pro-choice" has torn off the mask to reveal the ugly face beneath. The only choice they favor is the one that involves a dead baby. To that end they're willing to take the rights of pro-life Americans away and force them to pay for the butchery via our tax dollars. There's no longer any reason to doubt it: "pro-choice" is a lie.