Ladies for Life

“Unintended pregnancies”

Posted on: May 30, 2009

Anthony Esolen makes the case against using the term “unintended pregnancy” except in cases of rape. In the same article, he also doesn’t hold with saying unwanted pregnancy, when it is the child that is not wanted.

The above link is to an excerpt at Wittingshire. The full Esolen post is here.

While we’re on Vocabulary Watch, in the Summer 2009 LifeDate (a Lutherans for Life publication), there’s an article on abortion laws in history, which mentions that ‘Iowa’s 1868 abortion statute was titled “An Act to Prohibit Foeticide”.’ I’d say that’s a bit more clear than “abortion”, which has been peddled as a medical procedure. Is there a standard, modern spelling for foeticide, I wonder?

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1 Response to "“Unintended pregnancies”"

That’s a good question. We need to take back our vocabulary and start calling things what they are. It might actually drive home the point that they are killing a baby and not just having some random body tissue removed.

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