Abortion, Gun Control And the Inconsistency of the Personal Choice Narrative

Abortion, Gun Control And the Inconsistency of the Personal Choice Narrative

When we discuss abortion, the conversation often moves toward the idea of “choice.” It’s easy to see why. Our culture prizes choice. Companies use our desire for personal choice as part of their slogans and commercials. Those who support legalized abortion recognize the power of the choice narrative. There’s a reason why they favor “pro- choice ” as their label. For those of us who oppose abortion, we are swimming against a powerful cultural current. How do we convince people that the issue surrounding abortion is more than one of mere personal choice? In many cases, we can point to gun control. Recently, I got into a discussion about abortion on Twitter. Yes, I realize this can be fraught with danger, but I often find these conversations insightful and sometimes even helpful. In this instance, the other person casually said that since I was so concerned about life, I should be opposed to guns. He had made a larger point prior to that, so I didn’t respond to his gun aside but knowing his position helped me demonstrate the inconsistency in what he was arguing. After he grew frustrated at my pointing him to statistics and research that undermined his argument, he brought out an oft-repeated pro-choice line: “Well, if you don’t want one, just don’t have one.” In his mind, the issue of choice was paramount for abortion. If I was personally opposed to abortion, I should simply avoid having one myself and leave other people to make […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.