Skip to comments.Why is Planned Parenthood Running Away From the Term “Pro-Choice?”
Posted on 08/04/2014 7:01:31 AM PDT by wagglebee
In January 2013 came news that shocked both sides of the abortion debate: Planned Parenthood had determined the term pro-choice was no longer helpful and recommended abandoning it.
This news really was titanic. Pro-choice was the abortion movements self-chosen descriptive term for over 40 years. To abandon it was to abandon an identity, surely unnerving to activists on the street, who found cover and solace in the euphemism.
I also imagine hundreds of groups with pro-choice as part of their moniker - say, for instance, NARAL Pro-Choice America were livid at Planned Parenthood for announcing this edict regardless of dissent. It had to be embarrassing to read in the news ones name was passé.
On the pro-life side, the announcement was gratifying. We have fought the term pro-choice forever as obvious code for pro-abortion, hounding the other side with that question: What exactly is wrong with being pro-abortion? Perhaps we simply wore proponents of choice out; they grew tired of always being on the defensive.
On the other hand, I, for one, was also a bit unnerved, waiting for the other shoe to drop. What would be the new and improved euphemism for us to battle?
But as of yet [n]o pithy phrase has replaced pro-choice, according to a July 28 New York Times piece, Advocates shun pro-choice to expand message.
But the article did give more insight as to why the abortion industry is deserting the term pro-choice, albeit heavily spun:
Yet advocates say that the term pro-choice, which has for so long been closely identified with abortion, does not reflect the range of womens health and economic issues now being debated.
Reason #1: Pro-choice has over the course of 41 years ironically come to mean pro-abortion. So the euphemism has become a euphemism.
Nor, they add, does it speak to a new generation of young women, who tell pollsters that they reject political labels .
The labels weve always used about pro-choice and pro-life - theyre outdated and they dont mean anything, said Janet Colm, 62, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina . I used to be a one-issue voter - pro-choice but I think most younger people today arent.
Reason #2: There is a pro-abortion intensity gap, particularly among young female voters. A May 2014 Gallup poll agreed, finding more pro-life voters than pro-choice voters saying they will only back candidates who share their views, 24% vs. 16%. This translates to a 3-point advantage when the number of voters for both sides is taken into consideration. Thus, the abortion lobby has to broaden its net, lumping abortion with more popular reproductive justice issues, like free contraception.
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America [said] I just think the pro-choice language doesnt really resonate particularly with a lot of young women voters.
But by 2010 some abortion-rights activists began to sense in their outreach to young women, whose support was needed not only for the midterm elections but for the movements future as well, that the term pro-choice was virtually meaningless. That was confirmed by postelection polls and focus groups that womens organizations and Democrats commissioned to understand what went wrong.
Among the findings, according to several people familiar with them: Many young women, when asked whether they were pro-choice or pro-life, said pro-life. Yet they supported the Roe ruling. Explaining the contradiction, Ms. Laguens said these self-described pro-life voters were talking about their personal decision-making, for themselves, and not about what they want to push on others.
But such results also showed the weakness of the pro-choice label, advocates and pollsters said.
Reason #3: Quite simply, the pool of young replacement abortion proponents is shrinking. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is attrition.
LifeNews.com Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop live birth abortions after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.
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Meh. It’s re-branding. Happens all the time. I mean, it’s horrifying that you make corporate decisions for something like this, but that’s all it is. It’s like Libtards abandoning “liberal” for “progressive”.
Well, if they're going to support what everyone knows is murder, then yeah, they are just going to have to suck it up and get used to defending themselves.
Maybe if *pro-choice* doesn't work for them any more, they could go with *anti-life* or *anti-baby* or *baby killers*.
There's lots of options out there.
Yes. PP’s slogan will now be “End Pregnancy Now.”
>> the term pro-choice... does not reflect the range of womens health and economic issues now being debated.
Then may I suggest the term “vaginacentric” for your “womyn’s movement” — because that’s what life is all about, right?
Yeah, like that will work...
Perhaps they’ll start using “Pro-reproductive rights”. That encompasses baby murder and the contraceptive faux-issue that the Libs have been screeching about since Sandra Fluke & now the Hobby Lobby decision.
and not the least of which is they could have had by now potentially 60,000,000 more on their side, but something happened to them along the way.
Strangely, it’s re-branding w/o a brand. Usually, when you drop one brand-name, you have another to replace it. Not so here.
Well, from the picture accompanying the article, it looks as if they’re ready to just go ahead full-bore with A.O.D — Abortion on Demand.
I think that would be an excellent change — less obfuscatory.
They were never pro-choice. If they were, they wouldn’t be against pro-lifers. A pro-choicer respect the choice of others. Pro-abortioner is the more correct term. They celebrate abortions and abortion milestones. The more abortion the better and a decision for life is consider a negative
Liberals are like locusts. They descend on a name, consume it, and move on.
Yeah, I know it makes no sense... But there you go.
That way they can brand their opposition as "Against Women", which is what passes for reasoned debate, these days.
I was asked, as a male, if I was “Pro Choice.
“Of course”, I said, “I’m in favor of everyone having the right to “CHOOSE” their favorite sports team, their favorite food, the car they want to drive, the TV shows to watch, the books to read, the music to listen to, the——”
She countered, “I meant do you favor my right to get an abortion?”
My retort, “But that is NOT what you asked me. Why are you afraid of asking what you MEANT?”
If the Pro-Lifers were smart, they would start calling themselves “Pro-Women” at every opportunity, if only to muddy the waters.
>>Im in favor of everyone having the right to CHOOSE their favorite sports team
Not me. They should be compelled to like my favorite team. What a wonderful world it would be. But I don’t claim to be an A student.
“Explaining the contradiction, Ms. Laguens said these self-described pro-life voters were talking about their personal decision-making, for themselves, and not about what they want to push on others.”
Wow, “not about what they want to PUSH on others.” There’s a stunning quote.
I’ve caused a few Lib heads to explode because I refuse to use the term “Pro-choice”. If they use that terminology, I always say immediately in response “Oh, you’re ‘Pro-abortion’”. Using that terminology evokes a reaction like pouring water on the wicked witch - they hate it.
Probably they are ready for government to decide who can have children and who cannot. They can't have "choice" be an option.
Maybe it's not just the "language" that's not resonating with them. Maybe it's the actuality of what you do. These girls have grown up in an age where there have always been ultrasounds. They KNOW it's a BABY.
That’s definitely the ultimate goal.
Choice is so at odds with the “progressive”/leftist agenda.
Given that we’re being force fed the phony “war on women,” don’t be surprised to see something like Champions of Reproductive Refugees.
No need to run away from that label, right? ;)
“Big Murder no longer even wants to pretend that they believe in “choice,” they want to kill babies and nothing else. “
Naw it’s that they know most women either don’t have a choice or don’t feel they have a choice.
I thought they now use the term “women’s health” or “sexual health” to describe abortion services.