A “baby” can be defined as a very young human child.
The word “baby” brings with it much emotion; ideas of innocent, delicate, precious new life.
interchangeably with each other instead of the word baby in order to avoid any personal
connotations. Most people don’t actually know what a zygote, embryo, or fetus is- in our
society, these terms are used as if they can refer to whatever is developing inside of a pregnant
woman. However, most people don’t know that these words actually have very pro-life origins
To begin, the terms zygote, embryo and fetus all refer to the developing baby at different
stages inside the womb. The very fertilized egg is a “zygote.” At conception, the zygote is an
“embryo” and from 8 weeks until birth the developing person is a “fetus.” These terms do not
remove the fact that the mother is holding a child inside of her, but instead simply describe the
different stages that the baby is undergoing.
People often corrected me when I referred to the bump inside of a pregnant woman as a baby,
and told me to use “fetus,” as “baby” was offensive and politically incorrect. However, when
people refer to fetuses, they are actually using a latin term that means “little one.” The very
definition of fetus states that it is an unborn human baby; using the term fetus instead,
therefore, does not even remove the fact that it is a baby.
Our culture itself has pro-life roots, visible in our language; we are wired to recognize life when
we see it and understand that it begins with conception. Let’s continue to fight to protect the
babies- zygotes, embryos, and fetuses- at every stage.