What labels do you use to communicate your stance(s) on abortion?
A new poll by Gallup revealed that 41% of Americans label themselves “pro-choice”, where 50% of Americans label themselves as “pro-life”. (At least, in a poll that only gives you those options. And those other 9% seem to have mysteriously faded into the background…) BUT, 77% of Americans think abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, while only 20% think abortion should be always be illegal. So this would tend to suggest that there is a wide variety of ways in which people use the terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life”.
So which term(s) do you use, and what do they mean to you? How does your position on abortion differ from others who use the same label? Do you use any labels other than “pro-choice” or “pro-life”? Does the label you chose reflect a larger framework that you use for other policies, and if so, what are they? Is your label more about the morality of abortion, the legality of abortion, or both? Do you find yourself using a label that doesn’t so much ring true for you, as work a bit better than the other options? And, any other thoughts on why the label(s) you use appeal to you (or don’t entirely appeal to you).