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  •  Yes, I overlooked that (2+ / 0-)
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    HappyinNM, CarolinNJ

    They will say the same things about us whether we use the term "pro-abortion" or not.

    I always thought the expression "pro-choice" is lame and silly, by the way. Having a "right to choose" is simply an integral part of living in a free society, so it's counterproductive to say that a woman having a "right to choose" whether to have an abortion or not is something specific and special, as opposed to all the other freedoms that people living in a free society have.

    So where I'm still maintaining my position is that I don't think it makes sense to say that there's a difference between being "pro-choice" and "pro-abortion".

    Finally, as a man, I don't see that having easy access to abortions is a women's issue at all. It's simply a part of what it is like to live in a free and just society. (Hatred of women is certainly one motivation wingnuts have for being against abortion, but I do not believe that Western society itself is inherently patriarchal. One can see that simply by considering the attitude of Jesus towards women as related in the Gospel.)

    •  I agree that in some settings and with some people (2+ / 0-)
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      HappyinNM, Alexandre

      language makes a difference.  However, the antis have shifted the Overton window way to the extreme right being aggressive and strident and loud.  Mincing around and uming and ering and calling things what they patently aren't doesn't persuade.  Forthright, unapologetic, and unconditionally assertive is a very effective technique.  William Buckley lived on it for years.  Hitchens was another(I found Hitch immensely entertaining but his warmongering was obnoxious and horribly irresponsible.)

      Those who forget the pasta are doomed to reheat it.

      by CarolinNJ on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 11:38:27 AM PST

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