Anti-Choice Say “Ban the (F-) Bomb!”

Do you have an uncontrollable potty mouth?  You may very well, according to some conservatives, if you find yourself using nasty, naughty words all of the time. 

You know, like “fetus.”

Via Brent Bozell:

While Gloria Steinem is fussing on National Public Radio about why the B-word isn’t taken as seriously as the N-word, perhaps pro-lifers need to really accuse America of insensitivity to what they’ve long seen as an F-bomb: “Fetus.”

What a cold, humanity-negating word that is. Happy pregnant women carry “babies.” But indecisive or panicked pregnant women carry a “fetus.” How discriminatory that sounds in regard to an innocent human life.

“Fetus” has a dictionary definition: the young of a mammal that resembles its parents in physical form, in our case, a human with hands and feet and eyes and a beating heart. But to our media and political analysts, it has a different definition: a subhuman appendage, a disposable mass of tissue, a slave to our whims, and too often, a casualty of our irresponsibility.

Yup, can we please get rid of these ridiculous, scientifically-accurate words and continue replacing them with less than accurate, emotionally charged rhetoric?  Our survival as an informed democracy demands it!

Now, if you will pardon me, I need to go add “personhood” and “pre-born” to my spellcheck.

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  • jonathan-p

    The former chairperson of the Parents Television Council? Complaining about censorship? How rich!

  • saltyc

    If someone told me that they killed their baby, I would be scared, nauseated and extremely concerned about that person, and alert authorities if necessary. If someone told me they had an abortion, it wouldn’t bother me at all. You’d have to be severely indoctrinated in the “pro-life” ideology to have the same reaction to either situation.

    Also, a fetus is a casualty of our irresponsibility? You mean having sex? Isn’t that what made them possible? Like, aren’t half of all unintended pregancies carried to term? So really they owe their existence to our irresposibility. Whims? He never spoke to a woman who had an abortion.

  • equisetaceae

    Fetus is a medical term used to describe the age of the conceptus!  Not something that implies indecisiveness or irresponsibility!  

    From Beckmann’s Obstetrics and Gynecology:

    from the 8th week until birth, the developing organism is called a fetus

  • sayna

    Gotta love how he brushes offense at racist and sexist epithets aside and makes it all about the fetuses. Or “babies”. And no, it’s just as odd when a happily pregnant woman talks about her “baby”. It’s not a baby yet. It will be when she’s done making it. If I ever have kids it’s going to freak me out if someone talks as though I already have a baby.

    And what exactly is their definition of “woman”? Notice that they almost never use the word because they don’t want women to even be part of the conversation. You’d think women don’t even exist sometimes reading pro-life stuff. It’s always the word “mother” if it’s there at all. We’re nothing but vessesls to them Subhuman, disposable, and subject to their whims.

  • silphium

    This makes me think of the cultural fields of study that slowly but surely removed the term “Negro” and all derived words from their lexicon, perhaps hoping to distance the official designation from the disparaging epithet. The difference here is that we don’t use “fetus” as a slur, just the same as we don’t use “vagina” as a naughty word.  This is Latin, anti-choice folks, the language of science.  Let’s not inject feelings that aren’t there into words that are as clinical as they come.


    Approaching this from a different angle, I also note that our other terms (ZBEF, in particular) didn’t warrant a mention in the diatribe.  I’d assume such terms would surely pique the people opposing us, as well.  Perhaps they’re just going after the most common term because it gets more attention, because outside of RHRealityCheck, I don’t know anyone who talks reproductive healthspeak aside from professionals.  And one thing I doubt most of our anti-choice counterparts are would be trained reproductive health professionals. (Just a gross generalization, of course.)

  • jrm83

    Oh, I’m sure he has spoken to women who’ve had abortions; he just may not know it.  I don’t see many women wanting to discuss their abortion with a man who’s going to call them a murderer.