from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Advocating full legal protection of human embryos or fetuses, especially by opposing legalized abortion.
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- adj. Of, pertaining to, or supportive of the right to life; believing that life should be protected from its beginning to natural death in all or most circumstances.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Same as antiabortion; -- used by those opposed to voluntary abortion, to emphasize their view of a fetus as already living, and to avoid the negative tone of a word beginning with “anti-”.
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- adj. advocating full legal protection of embryos and fetuses (especially opposing the legalization of induced abortions)
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The term pro-life originated historically in the struggle to end abortion on demand and continues to be used in public discourse overwhelmingly in that sense.
The bulk of the pro-life movement has long since tipped its hat to critics: The term "pro-life" is intrinsically positive and conveys more than fetal preservation.
Though he apologized for the undemocratic way it was done, he held firm on what he described as a "pro-life" goal of trying to drive down cancer rates.
They make a mockery of the word "pro-life" because everything they say and do makes it clear that for them life starts at conception and ends at birth.
Roman Catholic Church and her bishops are unequivocally pro-life; however, we do not always publicly support every initiative that comes before us in the name of pro-life, he said in a statement announcing the news conference.
That's why on February 18th, so-called "pro-life" members of the House of Representatives, voted 240 to 185 to defund Planned Parenthood, a premier women's healthcare provider for nearly a century, serving 3 million women a year in its 800 centers across the country.
One of the most likely groups in America to support violence against adult humans is also one of the most likely to identify as "pro-life."
Twenty years later, these sentiments have metastasized into new attempts at legal restrictions, American-style pickets at clinics and appropriation of the English word, "pro-life."
The later statement came after leading members of the conference reviewed the proposal, among them president Archbishop Timothy Dolan and the two men who chair its committees on doctrine and what the church calls "pro-life activities," the cardinals Donald Wuerl and Daniel DiNardo .
The Evangelical foot soldiers never realized that the logic of their "stand" against government -- often motivated by so-called pro-life issues -- has played into the hands of people who never cared about human lives beyond the fact that people could be sold products.