Anti-abortion is not pro-life.


Anti-abortion is not pro-life.

Have we learned this yet? Let me say it again. Anti-abortion is not pro-life. I am sick of anti-abortionists hijacking the language of life. As if pro-choice people were somehow pro-death.

We know better now. Don’t we? Shouldn’t we already? For years, clinics providing abortions in the US, Canada, Australia, and probably more have been victims of attacks by murderous anti-abortionists. ‘Pro-lifers’ willing to bomb, shoot and kill to further their goals. Do you remember George Tiller?

‘Pro-lifers’ will deny any connection to people who kill to further the very viewpoints they espouse. They’re not like that, they’ll say. They value life, they’ll say. And yet this is a group that thinks nothing of standing outside clinics shouting vile accusations at vulnerable women who they know nothing about, on what may be one of the most difficult days of their lives. Have you ever heard of pro-choicers bombing anti-abortion organisations? Shooting anti-abortion campaigners in front of their family and friends? Destroying the lives of people who are anti-abortion?

I could talk here about connections between the characterisation of women and doctors as murderers and violence against them. I could talk about hatred and dehumanisation and what it leads to. But that’s not for today.

Today is about the fact that even if anti-abortion rhetoric wasn’t full of violence against women, anti-abortion policies kill women.

Anti-abortion is not pro-life.

Anti-abortion is not pro-life

I might just start identifying as pro-life. I am pro-life. I believe passionately in defending the rights of women to our own lives. Both to the choice to live as we see fit, and to the right to continue living. I care deeply about preventing unnecessary pain and suffering. I never want a woman to die a preventable, agonising death.
I believe in the rights of children- all children- to be brought up by families who cherish them and for whom they are a joy. I want to live in a world where everyone who becomes a parent wants to do so, and where every child knows that their parents freely chose to have them.
I believe in the rights of living people. Not potential people. Potential people may have their time, but those who matter most are those who exist here and now. People with thoughts and dreams, friends and loved ones. People in communities. People who can feel fear and pain and love and hope. These are the people who matter most, because right here and now these are the people who are people. There was a time when they were not. But now they are.

Anti-abortion is not pro-life.

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4 thoughts on “Anti-abortion is not pro-life.

  1. When do you consider that a potential person becomes a person? Because when my sister was pregnant with her first child, a loud noise would make the child jump. She was there, feeling, hearing, fearing.

    In the end, how a person answers ‘where does personhood begin’ will almost always tell you where they stand on abortion.

  2. I appreciate your thoughtful post.

    While I don’t necessarily agree with you in practice (I would identify as anti-abortion myself), I don’t think making abortion illegal is the answer, either. It’s such a gray issue; some health issues are more life-threatening than others, etc. etc.

    I also agree that as a movement, the “pro-lifers” can be pretty vile. Here in the Midwest US, there was a doctor who was killed while attending church. He was targeted because he provided late-term abortions. Even if you do view an abortion as murder, another murder is never justified.

    I wish more people were able to express their thoughts and feelings on this very sensitive issue with dignity and civility.

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