As we witnessed the annual March for Life this past week, I keep seeing one argument pop up over and over by those who defend that travesty of justice called the "right" to abortion. That argument is "I'm not pro-abortion, I'm pro-choice."
To which, I reply: "The choice to do what?"
Because the answer is, "to have an abortion," we can see that the argument of "I'm not pro-abortion, I'm pro-choice," is essentially trying to hide behind semantics in the hopes of saying what it is less blunt, perhaps as a way to soothe a troubled conscience by using a euphemism.
The tactic is similar to the dispute over slavery. The Southern desire for secession was paraded in the name of "States Rights."
Which again brings up the question: "The state's right to do what?"
Well, it was over the state's right to determine the legality of slavery... something we know today is reprehensible.
The euphemisms "pro-choice" or "states rights" make a declaration... that the thing defended is something which can be legitimately chosen without being declared illegal.
So, in terms of the euphemism "states rights," it is argued that the state can decide whether or not whether people who are non-white can be owned as property... no other body can decide it is never right and forbid it by law.
Likewise, with the euphemism "pro-choice," it is argued that an individual alone can decide whether or not an unborn child will live or die, and no other body can forbid it by law.
The problem is, these euphemisms ignore the fact that there was (in the case of states rights) and is (in the case of pro-choice) a dispute over whether any individual or group has the power to deny the human rights to another person or group.
Once upon a time, people believed that because some human beings had a darker skin color, they could be denied human rights and treated as property.
Today, some people believe that because some human beings are unborn, their mothers can decide to deliberately kill them.
When you strip away the euphemism and rhetoric, that is what the propaganda of "I'm not pro-abortion, I'm pro-choice" actually means.
The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can recognize the ugly truth hidden behind delicate language.