She’s Having a Fetus

Joe Carter | July 28, 2015

The recent scrutiny of Planned Parenthood’s fetal organ harvesting operations has brought new attention to the organization’s use of euphemism. For example, rather than admit the organs were taken from an aborted human, they refer to hearts, livers, and limbs as coming from “products of conception.”

This is nothing new, of course, for Planned Parenthood has long displayed their skill in the art of circumlocution. Take, for example, this passage from their “Pregnancy Q&A.”

I’m pregnant. At what point in my pregnancy is it called a baby?

Women have different feelings about when to call it a baby. For some women, it is a baby from the first moment the pregnancy is confirmed or even suspected. For other women, the pregnancy doesn’t become a baby until much later. What’s most important is how the woman feels about it.

Most medical authorities, including Planned Parenthood, agree that it becomes a baby after birth when it takes its first breath. But we value women’s differing feelings about when to use the words embryo, fetus, or baby. 

Do pregnant women really talk about carrying a “fetus” rather than a “baby”? I was skeptical until I overheard the following conversation at a local shopping mall:

Jan: “Marsha! How are you girl? I haven’t seen you in ages.”

Marsha: “Hey…

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