Human language is complicated business, and the way we talk about a subject can deceive or speak truth simply by the labels we use. When we speak and when we listen, when we write and when we read, we should be attentive to whether language is being used truthfully or deceptively.
Consider this piece of NPR’s journalistic guidanceNPR’s journalistic guidance (HT: Albert Mohler). I had thought NPR an example for objectivity in journalism; then I started listening to them more. Having a pervasive and slightly subtle bias is not necessarily better than having an overt one. In this guidance memo, many things could be addressed, but the most obvious is this exhortation to pro-abortion bias (credited to 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. Incorrectly calling a fetus a “baby” or “the unborn” is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion.”
Yes, referring to the child in the womb as a baby is part of the pro-life strategy–the strategy of telling the truth. They are babies; I suspect that most people know that. Speaking the truth is indeed key, as we see media outlets arrayed against it. Abortion kills a human baby. If the lies should be defeated and this truth acknowledged, we may finally see this long horror brought to an end.