A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 24, 2013
“It’s a child, not a choice”

"It’s a child, not a choice” (or “I’m/She’s a child, not a choice") is a popular pro-life slogan that has been printed on many gift items, such as bumper stickers and posters. “It’s a child, not a choice” has been cited in print since at least April 1990.


30 April 1990, Pacific Stars and Stripes, pg. 3, col. 2:
“Equal Rights for Unborn Children,” many signs said. “It’s a Child, Not a Choice,” said another.

19 May 1991, Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, pg. 10B, col. 5:
“All you had to do was count the orange stickers,” she said, referring to stickers worn by anti-abortion religious conservatives that read “It’s a child, not a choice.”

14 July 1981, Wichita (KS) Eagle, “Wichitans expect to set tone,” pg. 1D:
They come alone or in groups, in cars stickered with their convictions: “It’s a child . . . not a choice.”

7 September 1991, Kansas City (MO) Star, “Abortion issue foes face off on ‘Donahue’; Television show is taped in front of 4,500 in Wichita” (AP), pg. C1:
Several audience members and phone callers used anti-abortion slogans such as “ It’s a child, not a choice,” and “abortion is murder” during the show.

Google Books
The Womb Becomes a Tomb:
Are We Sacrificing to Moloch?

By American TFP Staff
American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property, The (T F P)
Sydney: Australian TFP Bureau (This is the Australian pamphlet; it’s not clear where the American one was printed—ed.)
1992
Pg. 60:
81% had a preoccupation with the aborted child” (in She’s a Child Not a “Choice, “ Human Life Alliance of Minnesota, Inc., advertising supplement, Spring 1991).

Google Books
Moral Dilemmas of Feminism:
Prostitution, Adultery and Abortion

By Laurie Shrage
New York, NY: Routledge
1994
Pg. 73:
A bumper sticker that I saw recently, which reads “It’s a child not a choice,” reminded me of these accounts.

OCLC WorldCat record
She’s a child, not a choice.
Author: Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (N.Z.)
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, 1994.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
She’s a child, not a “choice.”
Author: Human Life Alliance of Minnesota, Inc.
Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Human Life Alliance of Minnesota Education Fund, 1999.
Edition/Format: Book : English

Google Books
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Evangelical Christianity
By David Cobia
New York, NY: Alpha Books
2007
Pg. ?:
Simply put, evangelicals believe that abortion involves killing. As the popular bumper sticker says, “It’s a child, not a choice.”

Twitter
Lila Rose‏
@LilaGraceRose
“It’s a child, not a choice” is an old saying. It’s still true. Even a ten-week baby is very clearly a unique human being.
11:06 AM - 27 Jun 13

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