The other day I was reading all of the cool stuff that goes on on the Facebook page, “Abortion.com.” If you haven’t “liked” that page, take a minute to do so. There are some really interesting posts, good information and great responses. They now have over 50,000 “likes.”
At one point on that page, someone from another country asked how we here in the good ole US of A define “baby” and “fetus.” They obviously were trying to get more information on the never ending debate over what the hell that thing is that women carry when they become pregnant.
So, I chimed in and said that, yes, there are legal definitions for the two words but that the definitions really do nothing to resolve the dispute over when it becomes a baby and when it can be terminated. I guess most folks feel that if we continue to call it a “fetus,” then it’s easier to have an abortion – versus aborting a “baby.”
But when it really comes down to it, my honest reaction is: “Who the hell cares what we call it?”
A woman discovers she is pregnant. Depending on her circumstance, she may have a number of reactions. If she and her partner were trying for years to become pregnant, then she is jumping for joy, calling all of her friends, putting it on her Facebook page. She is going to have a “baby!” In this case, at no point – and I mean NO point – will she ever refer to that tiny little organism in her body as a “fetus.” It’s her baby and as it grows and grows, she embraces it more and more as her baby. “Wanna feel the baby?” she will ask her neighbor. What should we call the baby? You know the drill.
Now, if the pregnancy was a surprise and a not so welcome surprise at that, the woman will still not refer to it as a “fetus.” When talking to her partner and/or her loved ones, she will admit that she “cannot have this baby.” If she makes an appointment to have an abortion, she will talk to the counselor about not being able to bring this baby into the world at this time.
Baby, baby, baby.
The women who are in these situations really don’t care about legal definitions. And they clearly never use the word “fetus.”
So, the question from my Facebook friend was an interesting one and I know they meant well but, in the long run, it really does not make that much difference what term the woman uses and, in more cases than not, they will call it a “baby.”
- Brainless Republican Cruelly Tells Woman She Should Have Carried Brain Dead Fetus To Term (VIDEO) (addictinginfo.org)
- I disagree with the above comment, while, yes it is killing a fetus, there are many reasons people chose to have abortions (victorhernandezseverino.wordpress.com)
- Irish Taoiseach says he has been branded a ‘murderer’ for his stance on Abortion (skeptical-science.com)
- Adoption is for Orphans (vaginalaws.wordpress.com)
- Why abortion is bad (victorhernandezseverino.wordpress.com)