I’m a WordPress newb, so I actually don’t know how to like this post. But it mirrors my thoughts exactly. So many liberal causes depend on euphemism to gain ground, because calling them what they really are would prevent them from ever gaining acceptance. Homosexuality comes to mind; somehow “give us special privileges so we can shut up everyone who says we’re sinning, stomp all over churches and businesses who don’t support our relationships, abridge freedom of speech and of religion, and demand not just acceptance but celebration of our lifestyle, while also perverting the definition of marriage in both the religious and etymological senses!” doesn’t have quite the same ring as “Give us equal rights!”
I thought “reproductive choice” meant choosing whether or not to conceive, not whether or not to destroy a child already conceived.
I thought “reproductive health” meant fixing faulty reproductive systems and ensuring healthy pregnancies, not puncturing uteruses and the skulls of perfectly healthy babies.
And how I wish “feminism” meant fighting for equal rights, not for special exemptions from fetal homicide laws. (Existing fetal homicidal laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb, except in the case of abortion.)
“We hear that abortion is fundamentally about a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Or abortion is a litmus test for judicial nominees. Or abortion is symptomatic of what’s wrong with the social discourse in America. But none of those things is what abortion really is. Abortion is the intentional killing of unborn children.”
–Jon Bloom in Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is
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