Pro-abortion means "favoring the legalization of abortion." Pro-aborts typically support how roughly one million abortions are performed annually in the United States, many at taxpayer expense. Pro-aborts include those who are comfortable with this status quo and who oppose pro-life criticism of it or reform legislation to reduce it. Many pro-aborts even seek to increase the number of abortions performed in the United States, and worldwide. Many pro-aborts privately think that abortion is often a good thing, but they rarely admit that is their real position.
Pro-aborts often prefer the euphemism "pro-choice" as a way of denying their support, explicit or implicit, for abortion at public expense. Conservatives believe that the label "pro-choice" is a misnomer because the child does not have a choice and pro-aborts typically oppose any choice for the father. Pro-aborts often oppose any choice by pro-life physicians, nurses or pharmacists. While NARAL (an organization that advocates legal abortion) supports narrow conscience clauses, it opposes broader clauses that would allow physicans, pharmacists, and employers to refuse to support abortion. Pro-aborts also typically oppose ensuring that women have information about the medical harms, such as increased suicide rates, that result from abortion.
- Planned Parenthood is closely aligned with the pro-abortion side: it performed nearly 135 abortions for every referral for adoption in 2008.
Pro-aborts have caused abortion rates to be higher in the United States than in comparable European nations.[Citation Needed] For example, the laws concerning abortion are far more protective of the unborn child in Germany and in Israel than in the United States.