The House’s Pro-Choice Caucus decided that the English language needs an overhaul and on Thursday released so-called “messaging materials” to soften the image of their abortion support. That’s what the abortion lobby needs, better PR.
The caucus is led by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA). The terminology is promoted as replacing “harmful language” with “helpful language.”
No longer are proponents of abortion to use the tried-and-true “choice.” Instead, it should be “decision.” For perspective, the Pro-Choice Caucus opposes the use of “choice.” Pro-decision?
In 2021, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts spoke against the term “choice.” In declaring that “abortion isn’t a dirty word,” the group endorsed “pro-abortion.” They additionally argue that not everyone has access to abortion even if legal. Thus, no choice.
In a bit of irony, conservative groups use “choice” now for everything from vaccinations to private schools.
Former President Bill Clinton as a candidate introduced the “safe, legal, and rare” description to highlight his tepid support for the practice in 1992. No, abortion should not be rare. The goal now is for it to be “safe, legal, and accessible.”
“Unwanted” pregnancies are now “unexpected” pregnancies. An effort to protect doctors who have moral objections to performing abortions currently is referred to as a “conscience clause” or “protection.” Now it is to be decried as “refusal of care” or “denial of care laws.”
Describing illegal and dangerous procedures as “back-alley abortions” and imagery of coat hangers will now be the helpful “criminalizing healthcare.”
The new language guidelines follow Wednesday’s Senate vote where Democrats fell far short of enshrining and expanding Roe. Though the result was a foregone conclusion, the Pro-Choice Caucus used it to grandstand for Americans’ right to abortion “care.”
Describing themselves as “frustrated,” “upset,” and “angry,” the group promised to take to the streets like never before.
With all due respect to pork products, perfume on a pig does not change the pig’s status. The American public is well aware of the abortion issue, and the best summation of their point of view is “mixed.” Changing the rhetoric around abortion in no way changes what it is, not even close.