The pro-choice language pro-lifers need to drop



By Aaron Wilson - Posted at Baptist Press:

NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Have I really been sending mixed messages about when life begins?" Mary asked herself as she drove home from her coworker's baby shower.

Mary looked at her two kids through the rearview mirror and remembered the "Repeal Roe v. Wade" bumper sticker she had displayed on the back of her minivan. Mary bit her lip and continued to mull over a comment a pro-life friend had made at the shower.

"I wish Christians would stop using 'parent-to-be' labels," Mary's friend had whispered as a "mommy-to-be" sash was draped over the guest of honor. "It sends such a poor message about life in the womb."

Mary had never thought of this before. She considered herself to be as pro-life as they come, but she also knew she'd used the terms "mommy-to-be" and "daddy-to-be" at baby showers, gender-reveal parties, and in celebratory comments for ultrasound pictures posted on social media.

Now, she was questioning whether such language squared with her belief that life begins at fertilization.

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