Right-to-Life vs Right-to-Choose


The ProChoicer
The ProChoicers’ stance is a bit more complex. Contrary to widespread belief, ProChoicers do not advocate abortion. They do share similar sentiment with ProLifers regarding the issue; however, ProChoicers also argue for choices (get it?) when it comes to making decision regarding pregnancy control. This is where the communication breakdown happens between the two sides. Instead of communicating to one another, both sides resort to the use of “strong” words, insults, threats and at times physical altercations and yes even deaths (ironic, isn’t it?). Instead of the ProLife and ProChoice terms, the expressions Right-To-Life and Right-To-Choose are substituted in order to express a stronger stance; translation, neither side wants to hear what the other side has to say. We’ve already discussed the straightforward argument ProLifers advance; here is how the ProChoicers argue their position:

1) They advocate strongly for preventative measures such as contraception; this should be a point of agreement between the two sides. Contraception, otherwise known as birth control, is a method used to prevent pregnancy from happening in the first place. So, it would be baffling that ProLifers would take issue with contraceptives measure, right? There is no life at stake; life has not yet happened. What’s the issue raised by ProLifers regarding contraception? It turns out that ProLifers have no problem with the use of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. According to a survey published in Slate magazine in the January 2014 issue, a whopping 89% of ProLifers believe birth control is morally acceptable.

2) They advocate the use of morning after or plan B (or week after or Ella) pills for unwanted pregnancy. What is this about? This scenario happens with women who do not use birth control pills, are in ovulation period and have sex the night before. It is difficult to say whether pregnancy occurs (after sex) although one would be inclined to think that’s the case considering the woman is ovulating. But there are many factors which could prevent pregnancy (even if it’s wanted); the woman may not be able to get pregnant (infertility) or the partner she slept with the night before may not be able to procreate and quite possibly many other health issues. Regardless, to be on the safe side, the woman would take a morning-after pill.

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