A Rose by Any Other Name: A Dead Baby by Any Other Name…

Benjamin Lee Whorf once wrote; “Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” Consider that quote while you’re looking at this statement from the “American Pregnancy Association.” But, first the context. My wife and I are expecting our second (Covenant) child in December. Two weeks ago, my wife took what is known as a “Quad Screen,” which is a test that checks for chromosomal abnormalities in the developing baby (and yes, it is a baby). To the glory of God, our tests came back perfect today (and to His glory if they didn’t), but, I wanted to learn more about the screen itself, so I started to do some research. That’s when I came across this “available option” for those who have had a test that shows a chromosomal issue with the unborn child. One of the “available options” is that parents need to; “Make a decision about carrying the child to term.” What this watered down statement is truly saying is the parents need to; “Make a decision about killing the child before it gets to term,” or, “Make a decision about aborting your baby.”

William Shakespeare once wrote in his famed “Romeo and Juliet” the following;

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,                

By any other name would smell as sweet;

Meaning, the changing of the name of the rose cannot and will not change the essence of the rose itself. This is likewise true with abortion. Cleaning up the language surrounding abortion does not remove the horror of the act itself; no matter how sterile one wishes to make it. Just as a rose is a rose, the killing of a baby is the killing of a baby, and in the final tally, it is still a life taken. I leave you with the words of our Lord from Exodus the 21st chapter, where Moses wrote, as inspired by the Holy Spirit;

If men fight and hit a pregnant woman and her child is born prematurely, but there is no serious injury, he will surely be punished in accordance with what the woman’s husband demands of him, and he will pay what the court decides. But if there is serious injury, then you will give a life for a life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. (Ex. 21:22-25, NET Bible)