Washington Post Humorist Defends Standard Newspaper Abortion Terminology

Today, in his weekly web chat, syndicated Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten provided an unintentionally funny response to a "conservative-leaning" reader. Here's the exchange:

Anonymous: I love (not) that the designations on your poll are "pro-choice" and "anti-abortion." Did you do this purposefully to stir up the righteous indignation of conservative-leaning chatters like myself? Why not change "pro-choice" to "anti-life?" At least make it even, either "pro-choice or pro-life" or "anti-life or anti-abortion."Gene Weingarten: Bullhockey. These are designations that best describe the positions. They are the ones used by almost all newspapers, which are striving for objectivity."Pro-life" is incredibly loaded. I am "pro-life." Who isn't "pro-life"?Why not just say "pro-decency"?

That "striving for objectivity" bit is a real hoot.Later, a reader who apparently shares Weingarten's liberal politics weighed in:

Land of Cleve, Ohio: In response to Anonymous, the current administration is anti-abortion but not pro-life because they support the death penalty and war. Pro-choice means you might not like abortion (no one really does) but should be available for those who want or need it. You sir, were correct on the labels.Gene Weingarten: Well, right.
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
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