Pro-choice or Pro-abortion – Is there a Difference?

June 23
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Last week I shared with you the story of Kansas City radio station 96.5 “The Buzz” pulling advertisements for a local crisis pregnancy center and airing a lengthy interview with a Planned Parenthood executive to slander the organization and promote abortion.

I mentioned our concerns with the situation in a tweet. Soon after, the host who conducted the interview, Lazlo, replied. Below is the conversation that ensued.

My initial tweet:

Lazlo’s first reply:

I hadn’t yet responded when Lazlo doubled down:

In a debate about abortion, crisis pregnancy centers, and the wisdom of making our public airwaves the battleground, Lazlo focused his reaction on my word choice. Why would someone so proud of his abortion advocacy be so mad about being described as an abortion advocate?

Lazlo replied:

There is a paradox here. Lazlo thinks so much of abortion that he forces his station to terminate a marketing contract with a crisis pregnancy center and then invites a Planned Parenthood executive on air to spread lies and misinformation about the work of CPCs, while promoting their abortion business.

No response, so I made the point even clearer:

And that was the end of our discussion.

Maybe Lazlo is stuck in an elevator?

I wanted to share this story because it gives an example of something critical to the abortion debate: Even fervent advocates of abortion have a flicker of moral intuition that tells them something is wrong here.

Recently, a Kansas state senator compared abortion to having your tonsils removed. Can you imagine Lazlo having such a strong, negative reaction to be described as “pro-tonsillectomy?”

Of course, he wouldn’t. The push back to the pro-abortion label stems from the recognition that an act of abortion is the intentional killing of a pre-born baby. Lazlo and other abortion advocates want to be for that without being for that. Were they to acknowledge in their heart and mind what abortion is they would be forced to do the same moral and ethical reasoning pro-life champions have done, leading to the conclusion that every life is sacred and therefore abortion must not be.

May I ask you a favor? If you’re not on Twitter consider getting in the game. If you look closely at these posts you will see that Lazlo received many more “likes” and “retweets” than me. There’s a lot to dislike about social media, but it is the new public square where conversation and debate over important ideas occurs.

And, sadly, this stuff happens there, too:

Thankfully, Twitter is there to police such objectionable content.

Oh. Wait.


Eric Teetsel
President