A baby, by any other name, is still a baby. However, some today are attempting to change the name Fetus to mean “less than human” and they apply that name to the most defenseless among us in order to justify their own desire.
Have you ever noticed how militant the Pro-Abortion side is about using the term Fetus for the pre-born baby? Why do you think they are frightened of that name?
If Fetus wasn’t enough, the newer term being used is “product of conception”. This term is meant to dehumanize the unborn even more, and yet, logically, all adults are products of conception!
And lastly the name “Fertilized Egg” has been used to describe a baby, in an attempt to imply that the baby is not human. It would be no more correct to call the baby a “Modified Sperm”—because it’s a new, unique individual.
In Physician magazine, Dr. Eugene Diamond explains the reason for this terminology twisting:
Prior to 1976, a “contraceptive” was understood to be an agent that prevented the union of a sperm and ovum. In 1976 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG], realizing that this definition didn’t help its political agenda, arbitrarily changed the definition.
A contraceptive now meant anything that prevented implantation of the blastocyst, which occurs six or seven days after fertilization. Conception, as defined by Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary [27th edition], became “the onset of pregnancy marked by implantation of the blastocyst.”
The hidden agenda in the ACOG’s redefinition of “contraceptive” was to blur the distinction between agent preventing fertilization and those preventing implantation of the week-old embryo. Specifically, abortifacients such as IUDs, combination pills, minipills, progestin-only pills, injectables such as Provera and , more recently, implantables such as Norplant, all are contraceptives by this definition.1
The idea is this: if we can change the terminology, then we can use it to convince people to do what they usually wouldn’t.
That’s why there are many in Christian circles who would say they would never get an abortion, but are on birth control pills or shots. They believe that life begins at conception, but the truth is that they are doing things to prevent implantation—essentially starving their offspring.
And it’s a concerted effort. It’s not “science simply stating the facts”. Terminology is changed from moment to moment in an effort to mask and confuse.
And it gets worse—Pro-Abortion proponents have called unborn children:
- A “venereal disease” and abortion “cures”.
If someone were to call a person of another race this kind of terminology, we would have to have a national discussion culminating with a meeting at the White House picnic bench, but calling an unborn, innocent child these kinds of things, that’s acceptable in pubic discourse.
- Dr. Eugene F. Diamond, “Word Wars: Games People Play about the Beginning of Life,” Focus on the Family, Physician, November-December 1992, 14-5.