Let’s get our terms straight: In today’s controversy we use the misnomer “pro-life” to mean those who oppose the right to a legal abortion. Stated accurately, this small group of people is anti-choice .
I saw them in action at a clinic in Orange, these religious zealots who call themselves right-to-lifers, who want to be thought of as super-humane. They are not even decent: Their cruel harassment of each woman entering the clinic--surrounding her car the minute it arrived, pushing themselves up to her as she walked, shouting taunts in her face--sought not to protect but to destroy her right to life, and her right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness too.
Properly stated, these fanatics are pro-force--determined to force their narrow beliefs on everyone else. Let’s use the right words, and know them for what they are.