Even on a contentious issue such as abortion, it may be possible for people to drawn proper distinctions between health care and abortion. Those who confuse the two ought to be asked to furnish four instances in which an abortion not performed to save the physical life of a mother improves the “health care” of the mother.
Abortions performed after 20 weeks of a pregnancy -- the point at which, scientists tell us, the fetus feels pain -- certainly do nothing to improve the heath care of an aborted baby.
Today, Planned Parenthood argues that the fetus, at all stages of a pregnancy, is the property of the woman in whose body it resides. A woman who wishes to give birth to a fetus beyond the third trimester commonly – and correctly -- refers to her baby as “my baby.” Planned Parenthood and Blumenthal, not unfriendly to restrictions when he was Attorney General in Connecticut, may wish to abort all restrictions touching abortion. We ought not to wonder at this: abortion is, for Planned Parenthood, a profitable enterprise. However, neither Planned Parenthood nor Blumenthal, its white-hatted defender in the Senate, owns the English language, and long after the issue whether a fetus feels pain after 20 weeks is settled – hopefully by science rather than the sword – pregnant mothers will continue to refer to the fruit of their wombs as babies.
A hundred years ago years ago, G. K. Chesterton remarked, “What is quaintly called Birth Control… is in fact, of course, a scheme for preventing birth in order to escape control.”
Chesterton considered language important; distortions in the social sphere usually begin with a gross distortion of language. That is the central message of George Orwell in “1984.” Chesterton did not stop there. He thought the pro–abortionists of his day were excessively sentimental. “We can always convict such people of sentimentalism by their weakness for euphemism. The phrase they use is always softened and suited for journalistic appeals. They talk of free love when they mean something quite different, better defined as free lust. But being sentimentalists they feel bound to simper and coo over the word ‘love.’ They insist on talking about Birth Control when they mean less birth and no control. We could smash them to atoms, if we could be as indecent in our language as they are immoral in their conclusions.”
|Author Don Pesci|
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