According to this article 52% of Republicans polled believed a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion was a personal choice, and Roe vs. Wade should not be overturned.

However:

Substantially fewer Republicans than Democrats defined themselves as “pro-choice” even when they articulated pro-choice values, responding that they believe women “should have the full range of reproductive choices such as abstinence, contraception, motherhood, adoption and abortion.”

Slightly more than half of the Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats called themselves “pro-choice,” although, 70 and 92 percent, respectively, support a full range of reproductive choices.

I find the use of labels fascinating. The side-stepping with the above reminds me of the “I’m not a feminist, but…” line that many people who support women’s rights/equality will parrot in that divine dance around the scary word “feminist.” Like the confusion over “pro-choice” meaning “pro-abortion” (which is does not), I think there are still a number of people who become confused with the term “feminist”: Does that mean you have to hate all men?

Choice and equality are not either/or scenerios. We’ve already proven that “seperate but equal” is just spin covering up deeply rooted biases. Maybe it’s time to look past labels.

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