Google Trends: Terminology in the Abortion Debate

Pro Life/Anti Abortion and Pro Choice/Abortion Rights: As NPR explored here in 2010, the terms used to describe various sides and opinions in the abortion debate matter. Consistently, news sources prefer to use the terms “abortion rights activists” and “anti-abortion” rather than “pro-choice” and “pro-life.”

Generally, as can be seen in the graphic, people are more likely to use the search terms “pro life” and “pro choice.” Interestingly, as can be seen below, from Jan. 23-Jan. 25, the searches for “anti abortion” briefly outnumbered the searches for “pro life.”
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