What’s the “Pro-Choice” Symbol?

seth“We all know that’s not true, right?”

“What?” The University of Akron abortion advocate cocked her head, turning in my direction.

“We all know you don’t really believe your sign, right? It reads, ‘Equal.’ But your position opposes equality.”

Over the course of the next fifteen minutes, the young woman tried earnestly to explain that defining “equality” as recognizing equal natural rights of all humans was a demoded notion not befitting of our progressive society.

It was an effort not lacking in self-assurance yet entirely devoid of honesty.

But not all advocates of elective abortion hide behind such thin masks.


Soon after this exchange, we met defenders of abortion at Cleveland State University. While they followed conventional paths of showering the campus with condoms, praising Planned Parenthood, and following ringleaders’ gag orders to avoid conversation, there was one sign amidst their sea of slogans which boldly exposed the heart of abortion advocacy. It read, “Me > Zygote.”

Our team was struck because this, finally, was not a backwards attempt to deny the scientific fact life begins at fertilization. It was not a false appeal to human equality. Rather, the message was: “I matter more than the young human inside.” One honest proponent was finally expressing abortion advocacy as it truly is.

This is not equality. This is a view of human inequality—that some humans matter less than others. From the horrors of human slavery to grisly accounts of genocide, the blood-stained path of human history has familiarized us with positions like these. Motivations and manifestations of the inequality vary, but the principle is the same: “Humans who are different than me are of less intrinsic value than me.”

The startling admission on that sign was echoed days later at the University of Toledo, where we used an open microphone to stimulate dialogue.

“Abortion is wrong because it directly, intentionally kills innocent humans,” I said. “If anyone has any scientific evidence to show that this is not a human being”—gesturing to the picture of an aborted baby—“we’ll lay down our signs and go home. But we ask that campus to campus and no one ever takes us up on that. Why?”

An abortion advocate nearby shouted, “We don’t care!”

Why don’t they care? Because the tiny human dismembered by abortion doesn’t rank in the same way as the born woman, they assert. She’s too young—too small, too under-developed, too dependent.

This is the antithesis of equality, and those who try to associate abortion advocacy with fairness, civil rights, and the overarching scheme of equality have either stubbornly planted their tongue in cheek or pulled diabolical wool over their eyes.

Indeed, to defend abortion is to say that older (born) humans matter more than younger (preborn) humans. Born > Preborn.

Abortion defenders everywhere should take their cue from the Cleveland State student and begin using this emblem: >.

Or, there is a better way: Born = Preborn. This is the ethic of the anti-abortion movement.