Pro-Choice Quotes

Think and reflect on these 10 pro-choice quotes. They’ll make you think. That’s a rare and precious thing in the abortion debate, where the level of discourse is so low that having a real, meaningful conversation about the issue is usually impossible.

Pro-Choice Quotes
Pro-Choice Quotes

Joycelyn Elders

“We need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.”

The elders made that statement during a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times Magazine in 1994, shortly after they were appointed surgeon general of the United States by President Bill Clinton.

Katha Pollitt

All women deserve reproductive freedom. They need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men—presidents, supreme court justices, legislators—but rights won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.

Kristin Luker

Pro-choice and pro-life activists live in different worlds. Their differing experiences as adults and children fortify them in their beliefs that their own views are the more correct, the more moral, and more reasonable.

The abortion debate has generated a lot of heat because of the fact that, should ‘the other side’ win, one group of women will see the very real devaluation of their lives and life resources.

Ayn Rand

One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Anti-abortionists often think that by asserting that the unborn are people, they are asserting rights to the non-living.

Germaine Greer

Too many women are forced to have an abortion by poverty, by their menfolk, or their parents. A choice is only possible if there are real options.

Frederica Mathewes-Green

No woman wants an abortion. They want an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg. Pro-life advocates, however, seem to think this quote says that both sides of the issue agree with the quote.

Hillary Clinton

I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion.


“The line between lawful and unlawful abortion will be marked by the fact of having sensation and being alive.

Diane English

“If Dan Quayle thinks it’s disgraceful for an unmarried woman to bear a child, and if he believes that a woman cannot adequately raise a child without a father, he would be well advised to make sure that abortion remains safe and legal.

The Murphy Brown producer responded to the then-vice president’s attack on the show when the main character had a baby out of wedlock. “Hollywood doesn’t get it.

Dennis Miller

“And by the way, my belief is that if women were the ones getting pregnant, abortions would be harder to get than getting a flat tire in Kiev.

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