What is Pro-Both?
To be pro-both is to be both pro-life and pro-choice.
It a viewpoint rooted in two moral principles:
A humane society must seek to make abortion a rarity.
Society must not infringe on
a woman's right to control her reproductive destiny.
Though often viewed as contradictory, these principles align perfectly
if we focus not on blocking women with unwanted pregnancies from having
abortions, but on helping women who don't want children to avoid pregnancy.
The key to being pro-both is to recognize
that the abortion problem is a symptom of
the unwanted pregnancy problem.
A pro-both policy is one that works simultaneously to reduce the abortion
rate and increase the ability of adults to personally control the course
of their lives.
Many such policies are possible.
Improvements in education and
the development of better contraceptives are among
the most obvious approaches to take.
Substantial progress has been made with these kinds of efforts in our lifetimes.
But if the energy now expended in the debate over the legality of abortion
were put behind constructive programs such as these,
then far greater reductions in the abortion rate could be achieved.
Can a pro-both agenda end abortion?
Of course not.
But it is futile to hope to end abortion by any means.
Even if abortion were illegalized,
women who want abortions would still find ways to get them.
Pro-both can do as much to reduce abortion as illegization could,
and do it in a positive and constructive way
that improves life for all people.
The pro-both agenda works with
women who don't want children to help them get what they want,
rather than working against
women who do want abortions to prevent them from getting what they want.
This makes it more effective and
more respectful of human dignity and freedom.
The pro-both agenda is founded on the idea that with choice comes
In seeking to encourage and facilitate people's control over their
reproduction, it sends a message that our society desires and expects
that people will exercise sound, mature judgement.
It endorses and encourages responsibility but does not punish
The idea that life and choice are contradictory and irreconcilable goals
is one of the big lies of modern American politics.
It is a lie that has divided the nation into two warring camps.
The pro-both platform is a call to lay down arms and recognize that
there are sound, moral arguments on both sides.
Once we change our focus from defeating the enemy to solving the problems,
it becomes clear that we can make real advances on both agendas without
needing to compromise,
because the most effective and most practical ways to advance the causes
of life and choice turn out to be identical.
All sides can win.
This web site presents the case for pro-both,
and suggests an agenda for achieving its
It addresses the question of why you should
consider calling yourself pro-both instead of pro-life or
page lets you see responses
from others, and submit your own.