Why Can’t They Call Him a “Baby”?

The remains of Laci Peterson and the couple’s fetus washed ashore in April 2003

This is just disgusting. Every time the AP has a story about Scott Peterson, they always call Connor “the couple’s fetus”.

Would it be so terribly wrong to call him “Connor, the couple’s unborn son”? After all, Laci apparently wanted the baby, and that’s what makes all the difference, right? I know, I know, we can’t do _anything_ that might make us think of the “byproducts of conception” as having any worth or being loved. Just a lump of unviable tissue, right?

I both pray for and fear God’s judgment on us for abortion and the resulting culture of death. If Lincoln was right that the Civil War was a punishment for slavery, abortion merits a nuclear holocaust.

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5 Responses to Why Can’t They Call Him a “Baby”?

  1. Rong says:

    “Byproducts of conception”??
    Robert – I don’t doubt that phrase is being used, but I never heard it before and brother I gotta tell you, that one really disturbs me. I just commented this morning about how blinded society has become and you’ve just pointed it out in the worst possible way.

  2. Todd Pedlar says:

    Hi Robert –

    This overuse of the word FETUS drives me insane… it’s simply an indication as you have said of the need for society to sanitize their own collective conscience over the issue of abortion. If we call the “thing living in a woman’s womb” anything other than “child”, then maybe we can accept its removal for any purpose. This reminds me of Kerry’s absolutely insane juxtaposition of his claims that “human life begins at conception” with his assertion that “the embryo doesn’t have the rights of personhood”.


    ps – you’ve got my blog listed at its old site and old name (Reflections and Refractions)… didn’t even know you had had it marked!

  3. Robert says:

    It’s simply dishonest. These overly sterile clinical terms for “unborn baby” are meant, I think, to make it so we don’t have to think about what “pro choice” really means.

    Todd, I don’t know if you know or not, but I’m also on the COTP list with you.

  4. Todd Pedlar says:

    Dishonest is a nice, gentle way to put it, but one I’ll heartily agree with.

    I knew I knew your name from somewhere else, but couldn’t place it. Now I can! :)


  5. prolifeblogs says:

    Great post – the terminology used by the press reflects their view of children before birth and is used to perpetuate the self-deception of the American public.

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