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Abortion euphemisms

30 August 2019

4:14 PM

30 August 2019

4:14 PM

National Public Radio is the United States equivalent of the ABC, broadcast by the ABC every day of the week. As a public broadcaster, you would think that NPR would be impartial as between political policies (just like the ABC). It is, however, staunchly partisan, a Democratic Party mouthpiece, and prides itself in actively supporting that Party’s most sacred cow, abortion on demand; even abortion at 40+ weeks.

When you listen to NPR on the ABC you will find the horror of abortion hidden behind a saccharine veil that NPR’s vanilla language dangles in front of the subject. That veil is the work of Mark Memmott, the NPR Standards & Practices Editor, who has produced an editorial guide for NPR journalists discussing abortion, “Guidance Reminder: On Abortion Procedures, Terminology & Rights”.

The horrors of abortion are front and centre in the US since Alabama and other US States have legislated restrictions on abortion beyond six weeks of gestation. It should be front and centre here as well if we intend to remain part of Western Civilisation. Here is Memmott’s editorial guide:


Use the term intact dilation and extraction to describe the procedure, or a procedure known medically as intact dilation and extraction; opponents call it partial-birth abortion. On the latter, it is necessary to point out that the term partial-birth is used by those opposed to the procedure; simply using the phrase so-called partial birth abortion is not sufficient without explaining who’s calling it that. Partial-birth is not a medical term and has no exact parallel in medical terminology; intact dilation and extraction is the closest description. Also, it is not correct to call these procedures RARE — it is not known how often they are performed. Nor is it accurate to use the phrase LATE TERM ABORTION. Though we initially believed this term carried less ideological baggage when compared with partial-birth, it still conveys the sense that the fetus is viable when the abortion is performed. It gives the impression that the abortion takes place in the 8th or 9th month. In fact, the procedure called intact dilation and extraction is performed most often in the 5th or 6th month — the second trimester — and the second trimester is not considered “late” pregnancy. Thus “late term” is not appropriate. As an alternative, call it a certain procedure performed after the first trimester of pregnancy and, subsequently, the procedure….

Also note: NPR doesn’t use the term “abortion clinics.” We say instead, “medical or health clinics that perform abortions.” The point is to not to use abortion before the word clinic. The clinics perform other procedures and not just abortions.

Do not refer to murdered Dr George Tiller as an “Abortion Doctor.” Instead we should say Tiller operated a clinic where abortions are performed. We can also make reference to the fact that Tiller was a doctor who performed late abortions.

Here’s some additional guidance from Joe Neel, regarding the Unborn Victims of Violence Act:

The term “unborn” implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They’re fetuses. Incorrectly calling a fetus a “baby” or “the unborn” is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion. Use “unborn” only when referring to the title of the bill (and after President Bush signs it, the Unborn Victims of Violence Law). Or qualify the use of “unborn” by saying “what anti-abortion groups call the ‘unborn’ victims of violence.” The most neutral language to refer to the death of a fetus during a crime is “fetal homicide.”


On the air, we should use “abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s)” and “abortion rights opponent(s)” or derivations thereof (for example: “advocates of abortion rights”). It is acceptable to use the phrase “anti-abortion rights,” but do not use the term “pro-abortion rights”. Digital News will continue to use the AP style book for online content, which mirrors the revised NPR policy. Do not use “pro-life” and “pro-choice” in copy except when used in the name of a group. Of course, when the terms are used in an actuality they should remain.”

You will note the comment by the barbarian, Joe Neel: “The term ‘unborn’ implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They’re fetuses.” The same argument is used by the lunatic left in Australia. But Neel is wrong.

The word ‘foetus’ is used by scientists to describe a stage of physical development of every living animal. It can be used to describe a physical stage in frogs, rats, mice, horses, cats, dogs and chooks, etc. What Neel’s editorial propaganda advice omits is that each foetus develops over time to become a member of its particular species.

‘Species’ is what the ancient Greeks meant by physis. That word translates as nature. The nature of a creature whether it is a baby dog or a baby horse is the creature in its adult form. The unborn baby or foetus is human because the parents are human.

While you are digesting the extent of NPR’s vile propaganda, you might like to ponder the hypocrisy of our own left-wing lunatics who support abortion. It is they, despite their anger at the patriarchy, who demand abortion; but in that demand they reveal the inherent and natural weakness of an argument based on their own desire for sexual intercourse with men. Abortion is the mirror image of that weakness. Carrying the baby to term, of her natural strength.

David Long is a retired solicitor, economist and PhD candidate at Griffith University School of Law.

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