The wife and I were talking last night before turning in and the topic of the pro-choice mindset came up. It got me to thinking, I honestly do not really know what the pro-choice mindset is. I have my assumptions but we all know what "assume" means. To be honest the pro-choice position is one that at least from the rhetoric is one that is completely outside of my conception. I mean how can anybody deny that little person growing enutero is a person? I have my assumptions but what is really forming their world view?
Assumption 1 - A knee jerk reaction to being told they cannot do something. - Humans and Americans, in particular, do not like legal regulation limiting the choices they can make, particularly when they involve personal decisions.
Assumption 2 - Selfishness - They want to be free from something that can drastically change their lives and let's face it nothing changes a life more than pregnancy and birth. In their desire to do what they want they will do what ever it takes to eliminate any obstacle.
Assumption 3 - Fear - As my wife shared with me being pregnant when your looking to be pregnant is a scary thing, so she could not imagine what it would be like if one wasn't looking to have children. Fear is a major driving force in forming people's opinions because they are going to make choices that will allow them to avoid what they fear. I avoid doctors partly because of a fear of needles. In a manner of speaking, abortion or at least being pro-choice allows people to avoid the thing that scares them.
Assumption 4 - Equality - Frequently, I see them arguing an infringement of women's rights when ever a ruling or law is pass limiting abortion. This makes me think they see abortion as a means of achieving equality with men. Honestly, I do not see how this is giving equality because I do not have a right to commit premeditated murder, thus bringing me back to my initial premise of not understanding the pro-choice mindset.
These are my assumptions, are they right? I don't know. However, I can't help but think that it would be a great help to figure out and understand the pro-choice mindset if I am ever going to successfully communicate and convince them of the veracity of the pro-life view.