Moving Beyond “Choice”

Over at New York Magazine, there’s a piece up on Planned Parenthood’s recent decision to “move beyond” the term “pro-choice”. There is apparently some dismay that the term “choice” has come to be associated primarily — indeed, almost exclusively — with abortion. “It’s a complicated topic and one in which labels don’t reflect the complexity,” said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. (New York Magazine‘s straw poll of friendlies produced an entertaining lineup of alternative terms the movement might adopt, including pro-family, pro-logic and pro-sanity.)

I’m a bit of a wordie, so I might be reading too much into this retreat from a central term. But if Planned Parenthood is no longer comfortable taking the loud and proud approach, they must surely be reflecting a shift in the audience. The notion that the pro-abortion message might not play as well as it once did seems to bolster Mollie’s contention on the most recent Ricochet Podcast that the pro-life movement, contrary to the prevailing gloom, has made some significant strides recently.

What do you think?