Pregnant women, their husbands, and friends don’t talk about their “fetus” or their “embryo.” They talk about their “baby.” Abortion defenders don’t like talk of “unborn babies,” because it puts too fine a point on what an abortion really entails.
So, I was cheered to see the liberal Center for American Progress use that loaded, and accurate, term (in a discussion of “anchor babies):
A handful of states provide prenatal care assistance based on an unborn child’s eligibility, rather than the pregnant woman’s. When Nebraska moved to deny the unborn babies of undocumented women prenatal care Medicaid assistance, state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist called it “the biggest pro-life issue in the Legislature this year.”
But, oh, maybe CAP only admits that in utero babies are babies when it comes to a political issue that allows them to beat up the Right. Here’s how a CAP blogger writes about pro-life Senate candidate Sharron Angle:
Angle reaffirmed her view that abortion should be illegal “in all cases” and considers a fetus a person under the Constitution.
(Hat tip to Mike Riggs’ twitter feed.)