One of my pet peeves in the pro-life movement is hearing some common expressions that undermine everything we're working for, when you actually consider the meaning of each phrase. I'm going to highlight three of these that stand out to me, two of which are honest mistakes that many people make without thinking through any implications their wording may have. The other is a very popular pro-choice term that I believe may have more nefarious origins.
- We're having a baby!- Pretty much everybody uses this phrase to announce their pregnancy to family and friends. It' s not that this phrase actively works against us in a tangible way. But if we really want to get the world to realize that life begins at conception, we need to find another way to say this. Pregnancy means you already have a baby. I think changing that is a worthwhile way to bring attention to the life in the womb.
- "...bringing a child/life into this world"- This is another seemingly harmless phrase, but it continues the problem of the last expression by implying that life comes into the world at birth, when in reality, it is already in the world at conception. Unless you believe in some sort of inter-dimensional portal womb theory in which a baby spends 9 months in another dimension before exiting the womb at the time of birth. I guess some newborns do look a bit like E.T. I've even heard a few major pro-life leaders slip up on this expression.
- "Reproductive Rights"- The new mantra of the pro-choice movement, no term could be more dubious than "reproductive rights." The definition of reproduction is "the biological process by which new individual organisms – "offspring" – are produced from their 'parents'." That "new individual organism" is something called the zygote. Ergo, reproduction actually ends at conception. So do I believe in reproductive rights? Yes I do. And I believe that if someone takes away those rights, they should be punished for it. But terminating a pregnancy is, by definition. not a "reproductive right."
So the next time you are thinking about using any of these phrases, remember they aren't a good representation of what life in the womb really is, and don't be afraid to correct a pro-choice person who is throwing "reproductive rights" around a lot.