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February 06, 2013

Beyond Pro-Choice and Pro-Life

Is it time to rethink our labels? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Planned Parenthood just announced they’ll no longer use the term “pro-choice,” because of the negative associations the phrase carries for too many Americans.

Writing at Christianity Today, Karen Prior agrees with Planned Parenthood’s decision, and thinks fellow pro-lifers might want to dump the term “pro-life” too.

Prior thinks that while “pro-choice” carries associations that are too negative, “pro-life” has is far too positive, and as a result, inaccurate. As I mentioned recently on BreakPoint, many Americans who identify themselves as personally “pro-life” still support broad access to abortion on demand. We must not muddy the debate. All “pro-lifers” I know believe in woman’s choice, just not that one. And, all pro-choicers believe in life, just not unborn ones.  The labels we choose need to be clear and accurate. And whatever they are, we still must be able to clearly articulate and defend what we believe and why. Tell me what you think at I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

When Our Labels Fail: The End of 'Pro-Choice'
Karen Swallow Prior | Her.Meneutics | January 22, 2013

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