Does Pro-Choice Mean to You?
To be pro-choice is
to support self-determination to make decisions free from
Pro-Choice is the responsibility to yourself and the freedom
to decide to take control of your own life process.
Pro-Choice is not just about reproduction but the freedom
to decide your life course with the support and respect of
others. It represents power and pride in self.
We feel pro-choice is a complex process - it's not just about
abortion, but about birth control, or having a child - it's
about all reproductive choices. It's access to information
we need, can gather and understand, and can reach our own
decisions without interference. And it's about who makes the
final decision, not a judge or the government, but the woman.
It's about having options and celebrating freedom.
Pro-Choice represents a respectful climate in which all individuals
and families have the ability to take responsibility for their
own reproductive destiny.
Pro-Choice is an ideology that supports the right to make
a decision and support the decision itself.
Pro-Choice is the ability to make your own life choices not
only about reproductive freedom but also the right to choose
our own individuality and how to conduct our lives.
Pro-Choice is the freedom to do what you want to do with
your body, respecting other women's choices, then remaining
pro-active to keep choices legal.
Pro-Choice is having the power and knowledge to pursue and
achieve spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and reproductive
The above definitions were crafted at the staff retreat
of Feminist Women's Health Center in October 2002.
Following are more from women who obtained abortion services
at our clinics or sent by website visitors:
does pro-choice mean to you?
Pro-choice means you decide.
I don't decide for you, you don't decide for me.
I don't believe in letting anyone make important decisions for me
- no one can tell me when it's time for me to be a mom or
create a life.
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August 4, 2010
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