Musin’ with Susan 8/25/20 – Language Matters

I’m musing about language (not an unusual thing for me).

One of the things Republicans have done well in the last 30 years is use language to misrepresent what they really stand for. “Pro-life” is one of those, and it just ticks me off every time I hear it.

“Anti-abortion” and “pro-life” are most definitely not synonyms. (“Pro-choice” isn’t a synonym for “pro-abortion,” either, by the way.)

I believe everything is alive. I try to take care of everything, too, and treat whatever it is with dignity. Just last night I told my chef’s knife I love it and we’re a good team. I smile at people and flowers and rocks with the same smile. When my washing machine signals the load is finished, I call to it that I’m on my way. I recently rescued a big flying thing I thought must be some kind of wasp or bee (I’m still not sure what it was) from a spider web (first time I’ve ever done that, and it was an amazing experience), and I also rescued a mosquito from drowning in a bowl of water (also a first). And even though I rescued that big flying insect, I’ve got spider webs on the porch I can’t wipe away because I can see the supply of food in them, and I don’t want to destroy that spider’s cache.

So, yes, I’m fairly nuts. But I think the way I think and live could be defined as pro-life, and it ticks me off when someone says pro-life and what they really mean is anti-abortion (and anti-birth control, too, if truth be told).

I’m also pro-abortion. Abortion is not your business unless I invite you into my decision myself, and even then, you can’t tell me what to do; you can offer your own experience and ideas and suggest what you might do, but that decision is mine and mine alone. If you’re pregnant and considering an abortion, it’s your decision. I don’t have a role in your decision. I don’t even need to know you’re making a decision unless you want me to. The government definitely has no business in that decision. None at all. To me, that’s a very simple truth.

So. If you’ve waded through this musing this far, please do me a favor. Stop saying “pro-life” when you really mean “anti-abortion.” And even though I didn’t go into “pro-choice” and “pro-abortion,” use “pro-abortion,” too. Keep this particular conversation on point by using precise language!

Thanks!