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6/25/13 at 06:07 PM 7 Comments

George Orwell and After-Birth Abortions

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George Orwell in 1933.

Author George Orwell was born on this day in history: June 25, 1903. Orwell is remembered for the best selling novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four. Orwell's ideas sometimes mirror biblical teaching.

Orwell popularized the idea of doublespeak which Wikipedia describes as:

Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs, "servicing the target" for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable.

That description might remind you of a Bible verse.

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." - Isaiah 5:20

In 2011 the Journal of Medical Ethics published the paper After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? by college professors Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. This paper advances the idea of killing babies after they are born:

On these grounds, the fact that a fetus has the potential to become a person who will have an (at least) acceptable life is no reason for prohibiting abortion. Therefore, we argue that, when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.

In spite of the oxymoron in the expression, we propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide’, to emphasise that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.

Washington Post opinion writer Marc A. Thiessen denounced this medical paper:

This is Orwellian. The term "after-birth abortion" is an oxymoron. You can't kill an unborn child after it has been born.

Orwell was right when he wrote:

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness… the great enemy of clear language is insincerity."

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