It's quite interesting how the folks in favor of criminalizing women's reproductive rights talk about people who are against government meddling in private medical decisions as being "pro-abortion."
As if anyone is pushing anyone to have an abortion. (I mean in this country. In places like China, the government meddles, too -- but in the opposite way. You could say the Chinese government really is "pro-abortion.")
If you question the notion that politicians should be making medical decisions, you're "pro-abortion."
If you consider pregnancy to be a woman's condition, first and foremost, you're "pro-abortion."
If you think women should have unfettered access to birth control, you're "pro-abortion."
If you believe that husbands don't own their wives' bodies, you're "pro-abortion."
Look at this blurb on the Virginia race:
After a close, heated battle in Virginia, voters there chose pro-abortion Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, over pro-life Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore, the former state attorney general. Kaine received 52 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Kilgore and 2 percent for pro-abortion Republican state Sen. Russell Potts, who ran as an independent.
Kaine supports some restrictions on abortion, such as parental consent and notification laws for minors seeking abortion and a ban on so-called "partial-birth" abortion, but pro-life groups went with Kilgore because of his pro-life position.
In fact, Kaine is against a woman's right to make decisions about her own body, but he's not radical enough for their tastes, so they call him "pro-abortion." A more accurate description would be "not enough in favor of government-controlled human breeding laws."
But hey, if they said that, they'd lose that holier-than-thou image.
If they can't or won't say what they mean, can you trust that they mean what they say?
Amanda, as usual, puts things into perspective:
You abort a pregnancy, not a fetus, a child, an enchilada, a whatever. In the endless manipulation of language by anti-abortion rights folks, it's become de rigeur to ignore that there is a pregnancy or a woman who is pregnant in every abortion situation and instead try to get all attention on the fetus that is being pointlessly killed by a woman out of sheer selfishness, like a kid who kicks over an anthill for fun. Regardless, whenever you see words like "child" or "baby" or "fetus" as the object of the verb "to abort", remember it's misdirection and fill in the proper object of the verb, which is "pregnancy".
But in these days of Orwellian right-wing rhetorical posing, facts are the last thing they're interested in. Their minds are made up: the rest of us are just evil.