A PRO-LIFE SEMANTICS GUIDE
Those who govern the culture's language govern the culture. Why so?
Because words shape ideas and form the way people think. Put simply, words
teach. Unfortunately, those who govern the language today are the mass
media in America who are enemy #1 of vulnerable human life. Their
semantics are why so many have come to think that killing itself is a
human "right."At least five different terms exist in the media's lexicon for killing,
such as abortion "rights", "right" to the body, "right" to choose, women's
"rights", privacy "rights", and reproductive "rights." At the same time,
the most fundamental right of all, to life itself is censored by them,
erasing it from public thought.
Pope John Paul, spoke on this grave moral
evil in his encyclical The Gospel of Life.
"The moral conscience, both individual and social, is today subjected,
also as a result of the penetrating influence of the media, to an
extremely serious and mortal danger: that of confusion between good and
evil precisely in relation to the fundamental right to life....." # 24.
The culture war is largely a war of words and no one fights it
better than the media elite. Better than anyone they know that if you want
to change the way people think, just change the words. As verbal
engineering has preceded today's abortion culture, honest vocabulary is
vital to restore life's protection. The following analysis explains a few
of their deceptions and how they market the "culture of death." Honest
phrasing is given to restore life's dignity.
Deceptive Vocabulary Honest Vocabulary
Abortion "clinic" Abortion site
Clinics are for health care and health care excludes killing. Calling the
place where someone is killed a "clinic" assaults the dignity of the one
who is killed. Instead, the places where unborn people are killed are
abortion sites, child killing sites, abortion chambers, abortion mills,
and abortuaries. Proper phrasing disconnects killing from health care and
instills sensitivity for the lives of unborn people.
Abortion "debate" / "issue" Abortion problem
Murder is not an issue or debate because life is a human right. As a human
right a moral duty exists to defend it, even by those who advocate its
destruction. The term abortion problem is correct wording because it is
the problem of murder itself.
Abortion "rights" Killing children
Killing can never be a human right and calling it such can never make it
so. Instead, it's like calling a wolf a sheep to gain acceptance of the
wolf and epitomizes the prophets words - Woe to you that call evil good,
and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that
put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. Is.-5:20. No one who calls
abortion a "right" would want to have been aborted them self, which
demonstrates the hypocrisy. Killing unborn children is the correct term.
"Anti-abortion" Right to Life
"Anti-abortion" is a media tag applied to pro-life people. It is not a
good term for pro-lifers to be calling themselves, not because it isn't
true but because its negative and awkward terminology. Pro-life and Right
to Life are positive expressions that better promote the cause of life.
"Bias" and "balanced" reporting Honest and dishonest reporting
Often it's heard that the media's abortion coverage is "biased," so what
is needed is "balance." This concept is not strong enough however, so
neither are the words. Why? Because bias and balance infer the subjective.
Implied are that two valid sides exist, but one isn't being sufficiently
covered. This is not the case. In the case of killing there is no other
valid side. Such a case needs to be correctly presented. On racism, the
media presents it as wrong. Trent Lott and Jimmy the Greek are examples.
Like racism, and more profoundly so, killing is wrong. Therefore, it must
be presented that way to be objective. In any other context it's dishonest
"Choice" It's a child not a choice
Human rights are unalienable because they are God given. Thus, they don't
fall into the category of another person's choice. Expressing life as a
choice, such as "pro-choice," "choose life," and "let us help with your
choice," present life in a subjective and thus errant context. Proper uses
for the word choice are; it's a child not a choice and some choices are
Contraceptive needs to be in quotes when the reference is to hormonal
drugs such as the "pill," injections and patches, since these also cause
abortion. As the overriding harm is abortion, it needs to be the primary
qualifier. The proper term is abortive/contraceptive.
"Controversy / Issue / Debate" Moral Evil
The media presents intrinsic evils as "issues", "debate" and "controversy"
so these will be seen only as opinion, instead of evil. Since murder is
intrinsically evil it needs to be described that way - be it abortion,
euthanasia or any other form.
"Crisis pregnancy" Pregnant Women in a Crisis
The term "crisis pregnancy" reinforces the very thought that needs to be
removed in a pregnant woman's mind. The new life created is not the
crisis. Instead, her situation is. Since the pregnant woman wants to abort
her "crisis," it's imperative this word not be connected to her pregnancy.
Pregnant women in crisis situations, is proper phrasing. The loving places
where women are helped are pregnancy resource centers (PRC's) or pregnancy
assistance centers for women in a crisis or (PAC's). A big difference
Calling an abortionist a doctor is an oxymoron since doctors save life and
abortionists take it. Calling them "doctors," hides what they actually do.
The Hippocratic Oath states: "I will give no deadly medicine if asked, nor
any such counsel; furthermore, I will not give to a woman an instrument to
produce abortion." In reality, abortionists are paid assassins who aren't
acting as doctors when they commit murder. The correct qualifier is
murderer of unborn children or abortionist.
"Extremists" Human Rights Advocates
The media disparages pro-life people by calling them "extremists." In
reality, the most extreme act of all is killing while the most central act
of human good is defending life. Those who defend life from its abusers
are Child Protection Advocates and Human Rights Champions who are the
farthest thing away from extremist.
This again from John Paul II,
The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as
an "unspeakable crime." But today in many people's consciences, the
perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured. The
acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behavior and in law itself,
is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense,
which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good
and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such
a grave situation, we need now more than ever to look truth in the eye and
to call things be their proper name, without yielding to convenient
compromise or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard the
reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: "Woe to you who call
evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for
darkness" (Is 5:20)...... But no word has the power to change the reality
of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by
whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of
his or her existence, extending from conception to birth. The moral
gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize
that we are dealing with murder and, in particular, when we consider the
specific elements involved. The Gospel of Life # 58:
"Fetus" Unborn child or "products of conception, contents of
the uterus etc
Fetus is a physiological term and most folks know it means "small human".
So quite often the media follow the example of the clinics and use
"products of conception" or "contents of the uterus" to avoid using a term
suggesting a human being.
"Give your baby life" Give your baby love
"Give your baby life" is incorrect because it infers that life does not
yet exist. Inferring that life doesn't yet exist can cause pregnant women
to think abortion is not yet taking life. Once life is given, it cannot be
given again by rejecting abortion. Give your baby love conveys the love
needed for the child in the womb.
"Health care" for women Sterilization, abortion
Altering a woman's physiology to render her sterile or killing her unborn
child have nothing to do with healing or physical health. Since these are
not health care in a genuine sense honest terms are sterilization and
abortion (or child killing).
"Legal" abortion Sanctioned abortion
St. Augustine said, "Every law made by man can be called a law insofar as
it derives from the natural law. But if it is somehow opposed to the
natural law, then it is not really a law but a corruption of law." Nothing
could be more the case than "laws" that protect abortion. As such, they
are not really laws but corruption of law. Government protected abortion,
protected child killing, and sanctioned abortion are correct.
"Moderates" Child-killing extremists
The word "moderate" is a media tag applied to people (usually Republicans)
who support government sanctioned abortion. Children chemically murdered
by salt poison, have their brains suctioned from their heads or are ripped
limb from limb, reveals an unspeakable heartlessness. Incredible as it is,
the media presents people who support it as normal with this descriptive.
In reality, the true extremists are the media elite since killing is the
most extreme act of all and they are the force protecting it.
Child-killing extremists describes abortion supporters. Many of them run
the mass media.
"Patient" Abortion bound woman
A patient is someone in need of health care. Since killing is not health
care, an abortion bound woman is not a patient. Proper phrasing is
abortion bound women.
"Perform" abortion Commit abortion
Perform generally denotes a positive. There is nothing positive about
murder. Instead, it's an evil act. Evil acts are committed. Nothing is
more evil than committing murder.
Privacy "rights" Protected child killing
Privacy "rights" is a pretend term which hides the act of murder. Needless
to say, every murderer would want the murder they commit to be private.
Since murder is not a privacy right the correct term is protected child
"Pro-choice" Child killing
"Pro-choice" is a euphemism that hides the act of killing. Since killing
children is not a licit choice, the correct term is child killing.
"Reproductive rights" Killing children
In his book 1984, George Orwell called the governments propaganda
department the Ministry of Truth. The Ministry of Truth was used to spread
government lies. It declared that "war is peace" and "hate is love." In
our world, the current day "Ministry of Truth," is big media. To them the
righteous are wrong, "pro-choice" is pro-child, a woman's wrong is a
"woman's right," and "reproductive rights" end reproduction.
"Right" to the body Killing children
Everyone knows their own body existed before birth. This includes pregnant
mothers, every man and woman who advocates abortion as well as people in
the media. Those concerned with their bodies would not want them aborted.
Therefore, right to the body, begins before birth. When used with abortion
the word "right" is an oxymoron. In this sense there is no such thing as
"right" to the body. Again, this term means killing children.
"Right" to choose Killing children
"To choose" is an action verb. Without an object attached to an action
verb its meaning is incomplete and therefore grammatically incorrect. Once
an object is attached, the meaning is made complete and one can tell if a
genuine right exists. For example, no one has a "right to throw" when it's
rocks or knives they would be throwing at others. The same is true of
"Unplanned children" Children conceived in undesirable situations
Abortion advocates use this term to place a negative stigma on children.
Stigmatizing children helps them market their crime of abortion. Being
unplanned is never so by God's intention. Since everyone knows conjugal
relations are the way life begins, the term "unplanned" is really
irrelevant. Correct terminology is children conceived in undesirable
"Unwanted" children Unaccountable parents
The term "unwanted" also puts children in a negative light. Abortion
advocates would have people believe that unborn children are without
intrinsic value and only the woman's situation or feelings determine her
child's worth. To them, if you are an "unwanted" child you may as well be
a dead child.
In reality, wantedness measures the character of the wanter, not the value
of the child. Every child deserves love from its parents even if they are
unable to give proper care. Remember too, that children who cannot be
given care are very much wanted by many adoptive couples. For those
participating in procreative acts the only question is whether they will
be accountable or unaccountable parents when life is conceived.
Vegetative State Comatose
Pro-death advocates use this term to dehumanize those who cannot protect
themselves. When describing a person in a coma we are not talking about a
vegetable, but a person. Like the word fetus for the unborn child, the
word vegetable is used to devalue the comatose person in public thought. A
comatose person is a human being, not a vegetable. The correct term is
person in a coma.
Finally, to many, perception is reality and no one more than today's media
creates the perception that killing is a human right. Hitler was honest
about one thing:
Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it. Mein Kampf
The BIG LIE today is being told again - this time for abortion. To end the
BIG LIE we must be very aware of the power of words - a power so strong it
transforms cultures. When the media disconnects killing from the words it
uses, it tries to manipulate people into acceptance of killing. Words like
"feminist," "pro-choice," and abortion "rights," are a few of its
falsities and pro-lifers mustn't use them. Restoring protection for life
means pro-life people must lead the way. Think how quickly the Children's
Holocaust would end if it were perceived as killing children instead of as
a human "right." Leading the way means using honest semantics.
The following is Pope John Paul's exhortation to us:
In the proclamation of this Gospel we must not fear hostility or
unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or ambiguity which might
conform us to the world's way of thinking (cf. Rom. 12:2). We must be in
the world but not of the world (cf. Jn. 15:19; 17:16, drawing our strength
from Christ, who by his death and resurrection has overcome the world (cf
Jn. 16:33). The Gospel of Life:#82
- There is much work ahead. Let's begin. -
By: Ron Galloy, Director
Life: God's Sacred Gift
For more information about media deception, just go to www.SacredGift.org
Rev. Paul B. Marx, O.S.B. / Joan (Andrews) Bell Right to Life Advocate /
Msgr. Philip J. Reilly, Helpers of God's Precious Infants / Anne Byrne,
Pregnancy Help for Women in Crisis / Teresa Bonopartis, Post-abortion
Healing / George Isajiw, MD, Catholic Medical Assn. / Margarita Lassalleta,
MD, Cath. Med. Assn. / Stan Tomkiel, Esq.
Gordon Ohlhausen, CPA