The language of abortion is a wondrous thing. The success of the “pro-Choice” movement was built to a significant extent on its ability to divert the issue away from the reality of abortion – i.e. ending lives – towards a contrived battle over “a woman’s right to choose.” If you were repulsed by abortion, you were “anti-choice,” and therefore anti-woman. Brilliant. Dishonest, but brilliant….
Many Canadians do believe that it’s entirely acceptable to abort a child that is likely to face severe medical challenges, or die within days of its birth. That, in turn, feeds the argument that it is fundamentally justified to abort a child for whatever reason the parent decides. Because it has asthma, because it’s a girl, because another child is too many, whatever. If it’s OK to abort a child, it’s OK no matter what the reason. The language helps this along: abortion is simple and painless, but a living child could cause grief in the parents.
That’s not really the truth, of course. The psychological impact of abortions is immense. But the terminology war has been won by the pro-abortion — sorry, pro-Choice — people.