The last thing I'm trying to do here is kick off an abortion flamefest, but I am very confused about the behavior of (apparently) intelligent, honest people that I see advocating abortion. Now, both sides have used propagandistic terminology - pro-life doesn't convey the moral ambiguity of killing a nonsentient, and pro-choice suggests that the personal freedom of women is the only issue - but the pro-abortion people have a real fetish for it. I have never (outside of the Andrew Schlafly crowd) heard abortion advocates being called "pro-death," or "pro-baby-murder," while they feel free to label the other side "anti-choice" and recently further relabeled their position to "reproductive rights." And there's one thing I can never understand: whenever I use the term "pro-abortion," they universally respond that they are not, that they are only pro-choice, and then go on to define "pro-abortion" as meaning "thinks that all babies everywhere should be aborted." This is not defensible. "Pro-gay-marriage" does not mean "thinks everyone should get married to a person of the same sex." "Pro-torture" does not mean "thinks everyone should be tortured on a daily basis." "Pro-euthanasia" does not mean "thinks all humans should be euthanized immediately." I have a suspicion that the reason is that abortion advocates, while consciously fine with the practice, don't really want to label themselves as such - and so rationalize up a weird definition for the term. Perhaps that's just my biased perspective, but I have no other explanation. Could anyone shed light on the reasons for it?