According to Axios, the language surrounding the abortion debate has shifted in recent months, with both pro-abortion and pro-choice advocates using the words “baby” and “freedom” respectively in the lead-up to the 2024 election. He says he is searching for a message.
Activists are asking voters to push their own agendas on the issue, and polls show Americans are turning away from their “pro-life” and “pro-choice” traditions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. It has been shown that there is no resonance with the traditional label. Wade in 2022. Anat Shenker Osorio, a consultant to Democratic groups and campaigns, said the word “freedom” would “very effectively” update the word “choice.” reportwhile Republicans chose to use the term “baby” or “fetus.” (Related: Red State AG sues federal government for stealing millions of dollars out of pocket and giving Planned Parenthood)
Shenker-Osorio said using words like “freedom” to advocate for abortion rights means “you can be a hero, you can be part of this movement.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL) changed its name to “Reproductive Freedom for All” in September in an effort to gain more moderate support for its cause. Abortion groups said the name provides a “clearer and more inclusive path forward.”
“The fight for abortion rights and access is at a critical juncture,” said the group’s president, Mini Thimaraju. “As the coalition of Americans supporting reproductive freedom grows each day, our leadership has identified a clearer and more comprehensive path forward to mobilize this newly expanded base of support. Did.”
Republicans are also discussing possible changes in the pro-life movement, and also in September, U.S. senators held a closed-door meeting to voice concerns that the term “pro-life” was seen as too extreme. We talked about it. Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said it’s a mistake to “assume” everyone knows what the term means, and that advocates and lawmakers need to be more “specific” when talking about the issue. ” he said.
Abortion activists are pushing for state constitutional amendments to enshrine abortion as a protected right and are battling with pro-life advocates over the language of the bills that will be presented to voters. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on September 19 that the term “fetus” can remain in the proposed amendment, despite protests from pro-choice activists who argued that the term was deceptive. was lowered.
Florida Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the state Supreme Court on October 9 to change the language of the abortion amendment, saying it is “misleading” to voters in its current form. She pointed out that the use of the term viability in this amendment could be problematic as it has multiple definitions to mean different stages of pregnancy.
“As any mother knows, ‘viability’ has two meanings when it comes to pregnancy,” Moody wrote in the paper. article For the Voice of Florida. “When it comes to survivability, even the pro-choice American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists looks at two medical definitions and argues:[t]concept of survivability [an unborn baby] It is often misrepresented or misunderstood based on ideological principles. This perpetuates an inaccurate and unscientific understanding of medical terminology. ”
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