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anti-abortion is not pro-life

The nastiness of this political season makes me think about what words really mean. I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be pro-life, and I've come to the realization that to be against abortion is not what makes someone "pro-life." Of course both sides have their preferred semantics - those in favor of a woman's legal right to have an abortion (I admit, myself included) don't like "pro-abortion," but rather "pro-choice." Then those who are opposed to women having a legal right to have an abortion prefer "pro-life" to "anti-abortion."

My own position, that of being pro-choice, is definitely not the same as being pro-abortion. I'm not in favor of abortion; I am in favor a woman's right to seek and obtain a safe, legal abortion. I'm also in favor of numerous initiatives and programs that work to stop a woman from being in the position of making that choice in the first place. Better education, bette…