Alexis McGill Johnson: We’re “Pro-Abortion”
The abortion chain admitted its true purpose in an interview this week with the Washington Post — after decades of insisting that aborting unborn babies is just a small part of what it does and demanding hundreds of millions of tax dollars to provide “health care” to women in need.
Its CEO, Alexis McGill Johnson, told the newspaper that they plan to begin using the term pro-abortion more often, and they are lobbying politicians to say the word “abortion,” too.
“Planned Parenthood would stay away from any language that would stigmatize abortion as a procedure,” Johnson said. “And we recognize that not every choice is equal, and not every choice is easy.”
The interview caught the attention of Professor Robert P. George, a pro-life advocate and law professor at Princeton University. He wondered how the media will respond to this new rhetorical “command.”
“How many times have you heard PP supporters insist, ‘we’re NOT pro-abortion, we’re pro-choice’?” George wrote on Twitter. “What will be amusing is watching the media, once the order officially comes down from the high command, start using the term ‘pro-abortion’ after decades of refusing to use it because it is allegedly ‘inaccurate,’ ‘false,’ even ‘a smear.’ (Shades of Gus Hall in August of 1939.)” Hall was an American communist leader.
The leftist Washington Post admitted that the shift to “pro-abortion” by Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, NARAL and others represents “a drastic change from [their] rhetoric even a few years ago.”
Pro-abortion groups used to complain when pro-life advocates called them pro-abortion, preferring the nicer-sounding euphemism “pro-choice.”
And for years, major news outlets, including the BBC and the Associated Press, have complied with their demands, instructing writers not to use the term “pro-abortion.” Notably, these news outlets do not give the same courtesy to pro-life groups; they tell writers to refer to pro-life groups as “anti-abortion.”
Interestingly, McGill Johnson inadvertently seemed to admit to the Washington Post that pro-abortion groups avoided the word “abortion” on purpose to disguise the truth from the public.
“Voters expect candidates to say what they mean, without unnecessary vagueness,” Johnson said of the new campaign to urge lawmakers to say the word “abortion.”
Here’s more from the report:
Politicians are imagining the word “abortion” to be more alienating than it actually is, abortion rights advocates say. While other terms might poll better with moderate voters, pollsters agree that the word itself isn’t as alienating as it once was. …
Tresa Undem, a pollster who has led hundreds of focus groups on abortion, said she has noticed that abortion has become far less stigmatized in recent years. Ten years ago, she said, the room would get silent as soon as someone started talking about their own abortion. “The air would get sucked out of the room,” she said. But now, she added, people are far more likely to casually mention their abortion experiences.
“Now it’s just like, ‘When I had my abortion, blah, blah, blah.’”
Abortion activists certainly have become more bold, but they still hide the truth about what an abortion does: kill a unique, living unborn baby. Instead of “choice,” they now talk about abortions in terms of “fundamental rights” and “health care,” which are no less deceptive.
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