It used to be called “Child Murder”

…but that didn’t play well in Peoria.  So they changed it to “abortion” to give it that patina of gleaming Scientific and Medical Respectability.

But pretty soon, “abortion” just meant “child murder”.  So they changed “abortion” to “choice” because that made it seem all humane and civil rightsy.  But after a while “choice” just meant “child murder” as the ocean of blood continued soaking through the cheap wrapping paper of euphemism.

So now, you guessed it, they aren’t calling it “choice” anymore.

For more information on the Euphemism Treadmill, go here.

The persistent use of euphemism is an absolute sure and certain sign of the presence of evil.  It is the language of Satan.

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  • Mark R

    Actually, it was a medical term which could be applied to miscarriages as well.

  • http://summa.motd.org Bill White

    “Reproductive rights” – I’ll put 5 bucks on the commission of infanticide being declared the great civil rights issue of our time.

  • http://corkyagain.blogspot.com CorkyAgain

    That’s an effective metaphor, the image of the blood soaking through the paper wrapping, so that additional wrapping is required.

    Is it original with you, Mark, or did you borrow it from someone else?

    It certainly deserves wider circulation.

    • Mark Shea

      I came up with that one.

      • http://corkyagain.blogspot.com CorkyAgain

        Well then, sir, I tip my hat to your rhetorical prowess.
        It’s telling phrases like that one which keep me coming back here for more.

        • Mark Shea

          Gawrsh! Thanks! Glad to have you. Thanks be to God!

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  • http://www.patheos.com Amy

    Refer to the “Abortion Mandate” as “Leathal Weapons of Mass Destruction.”