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Poll: Is the term "anti-choice" derogatory?

Posted by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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Poll

Question: Do you feel that the term "anti-choice" is derogatory?

Options:

Yes and I am Pro-Life

Yes and I am Pro-Choice

No and I am Pro-Life

No and I am Pro-Choice


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Total Votes: 138

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How do you define "Anti-choice"?     "Pro-choice"?      "Pro-life"?    "Anti-life"?  

It seems recently that more and more people have begun using this term, claiming it's not derogatory, so I have included a poll to see how the opposite sides of the debate feel about this term.  

Additional, what makes a term "derogatory", in your opinion?  

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by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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AlekD
by Gold Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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I think it's reductive and as unhelpful as terms like "pro abortion." In debates, I think the general rule is to refer to people using the terms they use to refer to themselves, doing otherwise is a good way to turn a dialogue into a cat fight.


Also, Pro-life means more than just being against abortion.

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM


Quoting AlekD:

I think it's reductive and as unhelpful as terms like "pro abortion." In debates, I think the general rule is to refer to people using the terms they use to refer to themselves, doing otherwise is a good way to turn a dialogue into a cat fight.


Also, Pro-life means more than just being against abortion.

I absolutely agree and think that's the main point... using terms that other people find offensive isn't productive to actually having a discussion on the topic.

How would you define "pro-life", what does it include?

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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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I am not bothered by anti-choice-Very, very few people are truly pro-life.

Any condition placed (life of mom, rape, death penalty, "innocent" life, self defense) is a choice.


Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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Yes...anti-choice and pro-abortion offend those who are pro-life and pro-choice, of which I'm the latter. I'm not a fan of pro-life, either. It implies those with an opposing view are pro-death. I think all of us are generally pro-life and pro-choice...it's the legality of abortion where we differ.
SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM


Quoting Sisteract:

I am not bothered by anti-choice-Very, very few people are truly pro-life.

Any condition placed (life of mom, rape, death penalty, "innocent" life, self defense) is a choice.


So, how do you define "Pro-life", what makes someone "pro-life"?   How do you define "pro-choice"?   

I'm sorry, I don't understand the second part... any condition placed on what?

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AlekD
by Gold Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Pro-Life generally encompasses an opposition to both abortion and the death penalty, in some cases it also includes being anti-war.

Quoting SewingMamaLele:


Quoting AlekD:

I think it's reductive and as unhelpful as terms like "pro abortion." In debates, I think the general rule is to refer to people using the terms they use to refer to themselves, doing otherwise is a good way to turn a dialogue into a cat fight.


Also, Pro-life means more than just being against abortion.

I absolutely agree and think that's the main point... using terms that other people find offensive isn't productive to actually having a discussion on the topic.

How would you define "pro-life", what does it include?


                      

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romalove
by Roma on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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I think it's derogatory, but I also think it can be accurate for some people.


SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM


Quoting Luvnlogic:

Yes...anti-choice and pro-abortion offend those who are pro-life and pro-choice, of which I'm the latter. I'm not a fan of pro-life, either. It implies those with an opposing view are pro-death. I think all of us are generally pro-life and pro-choice...it's the legality of abortion where we differ.

They really aren't very accurate terms.   They were both created to make either side more appealing to the larger population.    Pro/anti-abortion would seem to be the logical terms... but people take offence to pro-abortion as well, so... maybe pro/anti abortion rights??   I'm not sure... I just let people self-indentify.   We all know what they mean.  

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SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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Quoting romalove:

I think it's derogatory, but I also think it can be accurate for some people.


Like who?   Do you think it's ok to use a derogatory term as long as you think it's accurate?

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romalove
by Roma on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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Quoting SewingMamaLele:


Quoting romalove:

I think it's derogatory, but I also think it can be accurate for some people.


Like who?   Do you think it's ok to use a derogatory term as long as you think it's accurate?

I think there are some people who are anti-choice.  They don't want women to have choices to get birth control, or abortion, and only want them to live as they think they should live.  I think those people are anti-choice.  I think it's derogatory in that I myself wouldn't want to be thought of as against other people's choices, but I think it's accurate because those people are against choice.

I don't think it's insulting, it's negative, because it's a negative way to be.

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