Denny Burk asks the provocative question: “Why aren’t we calling it a royal fetus” Burk is referring to the announcement that Kate Middleton of England is expecting a child–who will be third in line for the British throne.
This is a must read article that concludes, “Our language often reveals fundamental truths about the way we view the world. In this case, the way we speak of the unborn reveals whether or not we view them as a part of the human community with an unalienable right to life. Obviously, the world has agreed to call Kate Middleton’s unborn child a “baby.” Why wouldn’t we do the same for every other unborn child? Could it be that such terminology would imply a moral monstrosity that we are unwilling to face?”