Sunday, October 20, 2013

Touchy subject.

I've been in a long debate with pro-abortion atheists, secularists  and humanists and one very liberal Catholic about miscarriages and infanticide on Unbelievable?.

What it seems like is that they define any death or murder of a newborn as a "miscarriage."  In other words, they conflate miscarriage and infanticide.

So I posted this on a recent story that seems to hit the Orwellian use of language directly.

By now you've likely heard about the woman caught with a dead baby in her bag while shopping at a Victoria's Secret in Manhattan.
Despite revelations that Tiona Rodriguez suffocated her child shortly after its birth, the Associated Press refuses to call it a baby (emphasis added):
An autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl's shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store was inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died, the city medical examiner's office says. [...]
Preliminary reports from detectives suggest the fetus was born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated, but chief New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said that the case was still being investigated and that police were awaiting the medical examiners' determination of the cause of death. [...]
The case began Thursday when a security guard stopped two 17-year-old girls to examine their bags at a Victoria's Secret store in midtown Manhattan. The guard found the dead fetus in one of the bags.
The girl who had been carrying the bag containing the fetus told detectives she had delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do, authorities said.
So, despite the preliminary reports that the baby was "born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated," the AP four times referred to it as a fetus.

So, here's another "miscarriage" that the "miscarriage police" are persecuting women over.

It's great what you can do with language.

If this "miscarriage" was born alive and the "mother" killed it by intentional action or reckless indifference, then I assume that we would all agree that that would be "murder" (all other things being equal such as defenses based on psychosis or mental capacity.)

But perhaps I'm wrong in making that assumption.

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