Pro-choice or pro-abortion? What’s the Difference? – Illinois Right To Life

Supporters of Life:   My article below (Pro-choice or pro-abortion?) looks at the latest attempt to suggest there is a difference between the meaning of these terms.  (It can also be accessed at  Please note time and location of coming events listed below, including:

  • witness at PP Express in Orland Park — 4/5/08   
  • IRLC/Birthright 38th Annual Benefit Dinner and “Bid for Life” Auction  (4/5/08) — last chance >> hurry!
  • Pro-Life / Pro-Family Coalition Annual Conference — 4/12/08  
  • Aid for Women Auxiliary Spring Luncheon — 4/19/08 

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  Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

Illinois Right to Life News for Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

A Robert Novak article published in the March 31st Chicago Sun-Times describes a Pennsylvania campaign event last weelend where Barack Obama answered a question about abortion by stating, “Nobody is pro-abortion.”  Novak points out how Obama, “After quickly explaining why ‘I am pro-choice,’ he adjourned the event.”

Other politicians have tried to use this same cover of “pro-choice” rather than “pro-abortion”.  Even though he did not make the statement on April 1st, it should have no more credibility than an April Fool’s joke because everyone knows that the term “pro-choice” means “pro-abortion”.  Historical evidence shows that pro-abortion strategists coined the term to remove the dreaded “abortion” word from the debate.

But Obama gave absolute evidence last weekend just how pro-abortion he really is.  While explaining his position about education to prevent HIV/AIDS, he stated, “But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.   But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.  I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”

Is that a pro-abortion statement?  Since Obama views the baby as both a mistake and punishment, he obviously supports aborting it.  How much stronger statement can one make?  I cannot confirm whether this statement occurred earlier at the same event Novak reported on or at another one, but the two statements were both made last weekend. 

Even if one unwisely accepted the concept that someone could actually be pro-choice and not be pro-abortion, Obama has demonstrated that this distinction could not possibly apply to him.  He sees abortion as the solution for a mistake and a means to remove a punishment.  He ignores the humanity of the unborn child and thus devalues all human life by suggesting that abortion be available as just another form of birth control.  He would counsel his own daughter to abort his grandchild! 

Pray for Obama’s daughters that they be enlightened to avoid the serious mistake of abortion, far worse than having an inconvenient pregnancy.   Of course, if their parents were serious about teaching the value of chastity, rather than sending a mixed message of so-called safe sex, maybe the Obama daughters would see the value of respecting their sexuality and saving themselves for their husbands.


Events   ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-


Planned Parenthood Express is NOT welcome in Orland Park, Illinois

 Witness and Prayer Vigil

Saturday, April 5, 2008
10am to Noon  

(then May 3, 2008 10am-Noon)

Teenagers must be protected from
Planned Parenthood*

Please join us if you can, even if only for part of the time.

This prayer vigil will be held along the public sidewalk extending from 14470 LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL  Parking is available at Orland Chateau, 14500 LaGrange Rd, but please park in back.

For more information, call Bill Beckman at 312-422-9300

* Contrary to their claims, Planned Parenthood’s birth control and sex education programs always lead to more unplanned pregnancies and more abortions, and that means more revenue for Planned Parenthood, already the largest abortion provider in the USA.

Speaking to Children about Abortion

Answering Common Objections to Graphic Pictures

Etiquette Tips for Pro-Aborts  (Dan Gura)

Illinois Right to Life Committee
and Birthright of Chicago

38th Annual Benefit Dinner
and “Bid for Life” Auction

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Cocktails 6:00pm (cash bar), 
Dinner 7:30pm

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane,
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 

Use this Registration Form

For more information or to register, call  312-422-9300


Pro-Life / Pro-Family Coalition
Annual Conference

Saturday, April 12, 2008
Registration 8:30am, Sessions 9:00am, Banquet 12:30pm

to be held at:
Monument of Faith Church
2750 W. Columbus Ave, Chicago

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, National Director of Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) whose topic will be “Good News for Bad Times”.

Dr. Pamela Smith OBGYN, and others, will be making presentations to the adults and youth.  The varied youth program will feature skits and lectures stressing the importance of abstinence.

Adults – Banquet and Conference $35;
Banquet tickets $25; Youth $15

 Information at: 773-734-6777 or


Aid for Women Auxiliary
Spring Luncheon

Saturday, April 19, 2008

featuring William V. Blazek, Jr., SJ, MD, MA

at the Mid-America Club
(200 East Randolph – 80th Floor)

The presentation by this Chicago native, graduate of Marquette, decorated veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, physician, research scholar in Clinical Bioethics and Jesuit in training will offer his unique perspective.  A raffle and silent auction will also take place. 

Luncheon tickets are available for $70.  Advance purchase is required. 

For information, contact Mary at 847/998-0456 or by email at  All proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Aid for Women.