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I don't normally write much about abortion here, but I have a feeling that's going to change over the next few weeks. In preparation for that, let's get one thing straight.

I use the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" to broadly classify the opposing sides of this debate. Almost every time I do that, I'll get some complaint from somebody somewhere, saying I should really use "anti-choice" or "pro-death" or some other such idiocy.

Look, I realize that neither of these terms aren't exactly judgment-neutral, but I will continue to use them for the following reasons.

  1. It's convenient. These terms are commonly accepted and everyone already knows what they mean.
  2. It does each side the courtesy of calling them what they wish to be called.

And if I were going to abandon this taxonomy for another, I would simply use "pro-abortion rights" and "anti-abortion rights." At the end of the day, everything else is just tendentious bullshit.


Ok with you if I call myself "Pro-indifference"?

Wow, man. I had to look that one up. ;-)


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