In the twistedness of 2015 PC culture, it is popular to demand that a word or phrase be banned. “Gifted Students” is banned and replaced with “Advanced Learners”. “Manpower” is banned and replaced with “Staff”. Political correctness insults the intelligence, as it is a public relations spin-tool used to control the thoughts of other people. I do not advocate demanding anyone ban the word “contraceptive” or “demise”. Instead, I want to implore you to use accurate and correct words. These words are true words about abortion.
Any military person will admit that they use language to insulate them from the truth of what they have to do. While in the mission, a sniper will “neutralize the target”, but when this bloody work is done, he honestly records his success as a “kill”. Abortionists and their supporters, deceitfully call their targets fetus or tissue, but they then deny that they have killed anyone. The truth is, “procedure” is an abortion. “Pro-choice” kills half of the people involved in an abortion, so the only choice is what a mother does to her voiceless child. “Fetus” is a stage of human life, not an optional piece of tissue.
One of the more insidious perversions of the English language is the abortionist pharmaceutical companies’ use of the words “emergency contraceptive” related to the drugs available to terminate an early pregnancy. If conception has occurred,
abortifacient drugs such as Plan B (levonorgestrel) will irritate the lining of the uterous, creating a hostile environment for the fertilized egg – a human being. Though the box may be marked accurately for some uses, the marketing doesn’t tell the whole truth. These are not at all contraceptives, but quite correctly identified as “Abortifacient”. A simple look at the plain language definitions of both words shows the obvious, profound difference:
Adjective: tending or serving to prevent conception or impregnation. pertaining to contraception.
Noun: a contraceptive device, drug, foam, etc.
Origin of contraceptive: 1890-1895 contra (against) + (con)ceptive
Adjective: causing abortion.
Noun: a drug or device used to cause abortion : a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.
Depending on one’s philosophical or religious convictions, civilized societies have accepted preventing pregnancy is generally acceptable. No life is formed. One could even argue that a type of barrier method contraception is even mentioned in the Bible, though Christian theologians will argue about the significance of this verse.
Genesis 38: 8-9 (NIV) “Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother.”
This article is not written to focus on the theology of using contraception. It is written to focus on the right or wrong of correctly identifying the truth about words that describe abortion and abortifacient drugs. It is about telling the truth to mothers facing a profound and life-altering choice. It is about language that makes the difference between life and death. Let’s stop accepting spin-words about abortion.
If you believe in the Christian concept of evil, then you know that it is the substance that makes up Satan. For the Christian, the equation of evil and Satan is like the equation of fruit salad and fruit; it’s the same thing. Jesus calls Satan by a name that focuses on the immensity of one particular evil:
John 8:44 (NLT)”For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Jesus states that Satan, a murderer, hates the truth, there is no truth in him, lying is consistent with Satan’s character, and he is a liar and the father of all lies… all in one verse. If you are a Christian, lying is undoubtedly evil, and it is the practice of murderers. It is Satan processing through one’s own mind and expression of thought.
Even for the non-believer, lying is profoundly wrong. Lying under oath is often a felony punishable by up to 5-years in prison. Lying to a police officer (filing a false report) can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the level of crime. Lying in a business transaction is fraud, and subject to criminal and civil charges. In short, without regard to religious conviction, lying is rejected as incompatible in civil society.
Recently, paying for abortion has surfaced to the top of the American consciousness due to court cases involving Obamacare. Here, the language of abortion is being used to cowardly force people, who are rightfully opposed to abortion, into paying for it. Using the word “contraceptive” interchangeably with “abortifacient” is the lie used here. These are two entirely different processes and outcomes. Our words need to reflect that a
contraceptive prevents pregnancy from occurring. After a human being has been conceived, the abortifacient terminates the life of that human being. No human being is created when a contraceptive is used effectively. A human being dies when an abortifacient is used effectively.
The Supreme Court has ruled that some companies may have a bit of control in the drugs they are required to pay for. The Obama administration argued against Hobby Lobby’s objection to paying for drugs that terminate a person’s life. Hobby Lobby was successful, but the fight is expected to continue. It is a fight where the abortionists are fueled, in part, by lies about murder.
“Women’s health care” is a misnomer often used as an umbrella term for birth-control. Opponents of abortion are very often women. These are women who adamantly support mammograms, pap smears, birth-control pills and other actual health-care that is unique to women’s health. What violates the senses about the “women’s health care” misnomer is that abortion is hijacked and lumped in with women’s actual health-care. Abortion is almost never healthy for a mother, and is always unhealthy for the murdered child.
It is now legal to sell abortifacient drugs over the counter. A little medication in a box, and a person is conveniently killed. A pregnancy wasn’t prevented, a family wasn’t planned… a person died, because if they had lived their life would have had to be accommodated for. Instead, their most fundamental rights were snuffed out with a pill.
There will be a long fight between people oppose and people who support abortion. In the interim, we must be honest about what happens when abortion occurs. Calling the killing an unborn baby a “demise” is purposely misleading. Calling an abortifacient a contraceptive is an outright lie and those who interchange the terms are indeed liars. Liars almost always have a victim. In this case, there are two victims.
Mothers must be allowed the option of knowing what the drugs they are taking into their bodies are actually doing. The thalidomide lawsuits are just one example of what happens when women are lied to about the effects of a drug that profoundly injures an unborn child. We should at least let mothers know the impact of what the drug they are taking does. The “Morning-After Pill” is not contraception, and telling a woman that it is contraception, or “just like” contraception is a tragic piece of disinformation.
Perhaps no other industry is built on more lies than the abortion industry, but I think we have to draw the line somewhere. A foot doctor advertises being
a podiatrist, but you’ll never get physician licensees at Planned Parenthood to admit they’re an abortionist. And, under the guise of being a “women’s health-care” clinic, they operate a butcher shop that sells choice cuts of unborn human beings. Let’s insist that they not twist their language to hide, deny or soften the evil that they do. Ask any fallen politician, and they will tell you they could have survived the scandal, but the cover-up and lying is what ended their career.
Commanding that people twist language is Orwellian, as though words were owned by a Ministry of Truth somewhere. That is a process of lying, and it comes from evil. It is what I would never advocate or agree to.
Instead, from a sense of justice and truth-telling, let’s ask people to change their hearts about the language of abortion. The fact that the abortion industry has to use euphemism and lies to identify what they are doing ought to speak for their shame in taking human life. It is legal to do what the abortion industry does. Can we all agree that we call it what it is, and not deny it and hide behind twisted and perverted language?