opposed to legalized abortion; right-to-life.

Compare pro-choice.

Origin of pro-life

First recorded in 1960–65
Related formspro-lif·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of an organization, pressure group, etc) supporting the right to life of the unborn; against abortion, experiments on embryos, etc
Derived Formspro-lifer, noun
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Word Origin and History for pro-life

"opposed to abortion," first attested 1976, from pro- + life. Hostile alternative anti-choice attested 1978 in Ms. magazine (see pro-choice).

What hypocrisy to call such anti-humanitarian people 'pro-life.' Call them what they are -- antichoice. ["Ms.," Oct. 8, 1978]
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