Stuart Taylor invokes Randall Terry in his attack on Employee Free Choice:

Even absent intimidation, an employee is not making a fully informed choice when he or she signs a card after hearing only the union’s account of the supposed benefits of unionizing. Employees may not have heard the employer’s case that unionizing would make them worse off — by, for example, requiring them to pay dues for many years to come, or imposing inefficient work rules, or making their workplace uncompetitive.

"Fully informed choice." I suppose we could just call this a "poor choice of words" and move on, but let’s not.

Here is "expert" Dr. Angela Lafranchi insisting that nobody can make an "informed choice" about having an abortion unless told about her junk science:

Well-documented breast physiology accounts for the fact that oral contraceptives and abortion are risk factors for breast cancer. There is an effort to suppress this information by federal agencies and those in academic medicine. Without this information, women cannot make a fully informed choice about their method of fertility control or about whether to maintain an unplanned pregnancy. Medical ethics demands that they be informed.

Here’s anti-abortion outfit The Elliot Institute insisting that abortions aren’t a matter of "fully informed choice, but almost always coerced:

For millions of women hurt by pregnancy-related injustices and post-abortion injury, heartbreak or even death … it was never about free, fair or fully informed "choice." Abortion is often a demand, an ultimatum, a threat, a shell game or an unfair substitute for accurate information, full disclosure, authentic support and meaningful alternatives.

And lord knows how anyone made an "informed choice" before ultrasounds:

If "pro-choice" were really PRO-choice, then abortion clinics would make sure that the mother fully understood what was growing inside of her, so that she could make a fully informed choice. It would be appropriate to show pictures of babies.

People are capable of deciding what information they need to make a "fully informed choice." Just because you don’t get to peddle your bullshit first doesn’t make it "uninformed."

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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