Are you sick and tired of hearing the term “pro-life” out of the mouths of politicians who seem to be fighting against abortion not for life?
So are the good people at The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund (NIRH), who have teamed up with a passionate (and anonymous) activist to launch a Google Chrome plug-in that will support reproductive justice.
The app, which will turn every instance of the phrase “pro-life” into the phrase “anti-choice,” is meant to reflect the idea that limiting a woman’s access to safe and legal abortions is an act of limiting her agency over her own body.
If this seems like a big fuss over a little semantics to you, think again. The way we talk about abortion affects the policies our government officials enact, points out NIRH president Andrea Miller in an article by Think Progress. For instance, Miller explains, the term “pro-life” makes it seem like a woman who, at some point in her life, has an abortion, is somehow against child-bearing and will never want to get pregnant later.
Changing the way we view a woman’s right to choose may, in fact, start with changing the way we discuss it, even in our emails.