Part of the problem with the labels that people in the abortion debate apply to themselves is that they are somewhat fluid. Not so much that their definitions change, but that the connotation behind the word causes people to want to take the words and apply them to themselves.
When it comes to the label “Pro-Choice”, not many have a problem with adoption or child birth, but it’s the “option” of abortion that really is the difference—hence the reason I equate “Pro-Choice” with “Pro-Abortion.” On the other side, people that would personally not abort their own baby in the womb but support other’s rights to do so believe that they are “Pro-Life” personally, but “Pro-Choice” for everyone else.
What’s Behind the Label
The key, I believe, is always what’s behind the label. In the case of “Pro-Life”, what is behind the label is a certain belief about that life in the womb. The foundation of the movement is that life starts when fertilization occurs, and that it is wrong to take away that life.
When someone says they’re personally “Pro-Life” but “Pro-Choice” for others, they are logically inconsistent. Why? Because if they are “Pro-Life” personally, why are they “Pro-Life”? Why don’t they too have a choice?
The point is, just as I could go around saying that I was “Pro-Choice”—just not for abortion, when someone says that they are personally “Pro-Life” they are also logically inconsistent and not using the terms in a guileless manner.
So What’ll It Be?
This is why I encourage you to label yourselves as what you are—don’t seek to do anything else. If you have a problem labeling yourself “Pro-Choice” because you’d personally not kill that baby in your womb, then it’s time for you to do some serious introspection to find what you really believe about life.