Tom Neven powerfully dismantles here the verbal gymnastics pro-abortionists use to masquerade the evil.
... there’s one aspect rarely discussed: the way the pro-abortion side abuses and debases language to justify its position. I deliberately used the term pro-abortion, by the way, because the term pro-choice is their primary dodge.
One is hard-pressed to find a political philosophy more vacuous. No political system short of anarchy elevates personal choice to an ultimate good, yet the so-called pro-choicers would have us think it trumps every other consideration, whether scientific, medical, or moral. They know they can’t win the debate on any of those grounds, so they hide behind pleasant-sounding words.
... Abortion defenders defend choice but never want to talk about the specifics of what is being chosen. They’ll refer to the unborn child as “the product of conception” or “a blob of tissue.” What about the construction used by Kate Michelman, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America, who referred to the end of abortion as “fetal demise”? During a partial-birth abortion, they don’t suck out the baby’s brains; they “evacuate the intracranial contents.”
For that matter, partial-birth abortion is a perfectly descriptive term they run from like scalded cats. Yes, they’ll point out there is no such medical procedure. It’s really “intact dilation and extraction.” There’s no such technical medical term as heart attack, either, but that doesn’t stop people, including doctors, from using the perfectly descriptive term in everyday language.
... This misuse of language eventually leads to a loss of truth. J. Budziszewski, a political philosopher at the University of Texas, wrote in “The Revenge of Conscience”:
As any sin passes through its stages from temptation, to toleration, to approval, its name is first euphemized, then avoided, then forgotten. A colleague tells me that some of his fellow scholars call child molestation ‘intergenerational intimacy’: that’s euphemism. A good-hearted editor tried to talk me out of using the term ‘sodomy’: that’s avoidance. My students don’t know the word ‘fornication’ at all: that’s forgetfulness.
... Why do abortion defenders instinctively hide behind verbal fig leaves? What inner voice tells them that what they defend is shameful? How do they know they’re morally naked? That is the question they need to face.
Amen. And they will face the truth one day when they stand in judgement before the King of Kings with neither place left to hide nor verbal gymnastics to shield themselves behind.