Abortion Clinic Workers Told to Use”Neutral” Terms to Describe Unborn Babies

“In Carole Joffe’s ethnographic work at an abortion clinic that performed first-trimester abortions, she found out, “the most interesting problem was how to refer to the product of the abortion. Although it was acknowledged that many clients would refer to this as “baby,” or “the pregnancy,” new counselors were, not surprisingly, urged not to use these charged terms, but instead to use the more neutral, though admittedly more awkward, ‘products of conception’ or ‘tissue.’

Wendy Simonds. Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic  Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ) 1996 p 80

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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

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