Interactive: Readers Share Their Views On the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Labels

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, readers share their views on the two labels that have come to define the abortion debate.

We received a number of interesting responses the other week when we asked our readers why they support or oppose legal abortion. It’s clear, though, that the words we use in the debate don’t neatly capture the differences between peoples’ views.

This week, as part of our continuing coverage of the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, we’re rephrasing the question. “Pro-choice” and “pro-life” have become accepted shorthand, but they don’t capture everything, so we’re asking readers to explain where you take issue with the labels themselves.

You might be pro-life personally but still believe abortion should be legal. Or, maybe you’re pro-choice but think ultrasounds and waiting periods should be required for anyone who gets an abortion. Add your thoughts below.

And if you have a longer story to share about your personal experience with abortion, please share that here, and please let us know what year and where it takes place. Or you can email it to us at [email protected]