Pro-choice Opposite of Pro-life?
Seems like a lot of people think these two are opposites.
We used to see them that way, BUT we got to thinking
about it (using a little critical
thinking), and we came up with a different conclusion.
Now, while they clearly represent opposing groups, we don't seem
them as exact opposites.
So we decided to share our analysis.
The actual opposite of choice is no choice, and the actual opposite of
life is death. So the actual opposite of pro-choice is
anti-choice. And since pro-choice means anti-abortion, the
opposite of pro-choice would be pro-abortion.
To clarify this, here is a diagram:
Understanding the Pro-choice position:
While the pro-choice folks appear to understand the pro-life
position, it is NOT clear the the pro-life folks understand the
pro-choice position. They see abortion as some sort of
murder, and can't identify with the pro-choice stand.
While we are not trying to change anyone's mind, we do feel that
understanding what is actually the opposite of anti-abortion can
make the pro-choice position more understandable, whether or not
one agrees with it.
For those in the "must not have an
abortion" (anti-abortion/pro-life) position to understand why, they have to consider the
opposite of their position, which is NOT pro-choice but is "must
have an abortion." In other words, if you prohibit a
choice between two things, you can do so by prohibiting either,
or both of the choices.
Forced Abortion: To grasp this fully, instead of federal
legislation prohibiting abortion, imagine federal legislation requiring women, for one reason or
another (e.g, in order to provide population control and they've
already had two children), to have an abortion. How would
a pro-life advocate feel should her choice not to have
an abortion be eliminated this way?
Forced sterilization: As bad, or worse, would be requiring women
to be sterilized, something has happened. Of course, this
would be a form of birth control that would eliminate the need
to make a choice between having a baby, or having an abortion.
Birth control: For the pro-choice but anti-abortion
folks, this is like temporary sterilization, thereby avoiding
the issue of abortion all together, as well as any sort of forced
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