'Pro-Freedom': Better Than 'Pro-Choice'?

Some think it's time for a new name—but do we need it?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2010 12:59 PM CDT
In this April 5, 1992 file photo, pro-choice demonstrators gather on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Doug Mills, file)

(Newser) – New Gallup polls show that most Americans don't want abortion criminalized, but they remain divided between pro-life and pro-choice advocates—and let's face it, Lynn Harris writes for Salon, the pro-lifers have the better name. "Life" is "the rhetorical rock that will always beat our scissors," writes Harris, whereas "'choice' sounds to me like what you make between baked and mashed." Is it time for a new term?

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Nancy L. Cohen suggests an alternative: pro-freedom. "Good one," Harris concurs. "It kind of sticks it to 'em, stealing 'freedom' back from those who invoke and champion it with their fingers crossed behind their backs." Then again, is it really necessary? "Certain words are potent weapons, yes, but they're not the war itself. And, as the polls suggest, we can win the war without them. Perhaps we should choose other battles after all."

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