• Fri, Dec 21 2012

‘Pre-Born Babies’ Win Major Award , Pre-Conceived Babies Overlooked Yet Again During Pro-Life’s Award Season

shutterstock_106721525Congratulation to all of the pre-born babies of the world, those who reside in some of your wombs, taking up valuable organ space and getting the hiccups at two a.m. when you haven’t had a decent night sleep in three trimesters! The  terrorists pro-life organization Operation Rescue, responsible for fan favorites “Let’s Bomb This California Woman’s Clinic” and “Here’s A List Of Doctors Who Perform Abortions So You Can Easily Stalk Them” have announced the recipient of the 2012 Malachi Award! I hope all the fetuses “pre-born” babies are ready for their closeups and aren’t gaining too much preborn baby weight and all have little Dior couture and Tom Ford tuxedos to wear! From Christian Newswire.com:

Operation Rescue has announced that it is awarding the Pre-Born Children with the 2012 Malachi Award.”As we near the 40th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in America, we can look back and see how the public attitudes have changed toward pre-born babies,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “In 1973 most folks thought that these developing children were just clumps of cells or blobs of tissue. Even as late as 1996, only a third of Americans identified themselves as pro-life. Through the advances in science and technology coupled with the hard work of the Pro-Life Movement, the humanity of a pre-born baby is no longer in question in an age when a child’s first baby picture is very often an ultrasound image. Today, a full 50% of our countrymen proudly embrace the ‘pro-life’ moniker despite the fact that abortion is the most polarizing issue facing our nation. Our nation’s laws are beginning to reflect this new-found concern for the plight of the pre-born through a record number of pro-life laws enacted over the past two years.”

First off, I love the term “pre-born.” Because I, like most “folks” always assumed my “pre-born” children were just clumps of tissue until they actually became big enough to be babies. I never faulted them for this, I just sort of assumed that everyone has to start somewhere and if the pre-born babies we all carried inside of us were the size of post-born babies it would be a bit uncomfortable. But I think we all know that by giving them this cute little term, the pro-life movement is doing everything in their power not to use the more scientific terms of “embryo” or “fetus.”

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  • meg

    I love this article – especially the last line.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      hee hee xo

  • alice

    hahaha i love this article. i love how true it is about the nomenclature of pregnancy: “fetus” is actually a bad word now. my mother shudders and balks at the term when i use it in conversation, as if it’s the Scarlet Letter of Pro-Choicers. “how’s the little fetus doing?” “ughgksdfjlj it’s a BABY! omg a BABY…. not a fetus! what’s WRONG WITH YOU?”

    whoa. calmate, mama.

    i’ve had an abortion. no, they’re not fun or cool or easy. but i’m thankful that i was able to choose to have one, safely and legally. and if my hypothetical future nineteen year old daughter accidentally got pregnant, i would be thankful that she too had safe options available, and i would support whatever decision she made without shaming her.

    also: fetus fetus fetus

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      That’s PREBORN BABY to you, missy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carmen-Finnigan/841528248 Carmen Finnigan

    Pre-born is just so clunky. I guess it is better than unborn which just makes me think of the undead.

  • satinswan

    You know when it should be called a “pre-born baby”? When the parents are happy to be having a baby. When I was pregnant, I never referred to my child as “my embryo” or “my fetus”, it was always “my baby”. But doing that to somebody who is contemplating an abortion is guilt-shaming, pure and simple.

  • Kim

    I must be some kind of weirdo who calls their very much wanted “unbown baby” (can’t even type that without snorting) a fetus. Because, you know, that’s what it is.

    But then I had IVF and during the transfer they showed me everything they were putting in and my response was to wave at it all and go “Here there little blastocysts” so I guess I must be crazy.

    • Kim

      Ahh damn, unborn. See, I can’t even type it properly, it just seems that funny to me.

  • Sinnael

    Never mind that science in no way advances this movement and in almost every way is able to render every last one of your Anti-choice arguments void.

    Also, it’s not a baby. Nothing is considered a baby until it is outside of the womb. Get over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/EthraVII Angela Farris

    Lol. Yeah, what do we Pre-dead people know? XD Love the wit here.

    Allow me to also congratulate all those “pre-born babies” on their award. Shame though that their mothers won’t be getting an award for pushing them out…

  • Daisy

    I take issue with the statement that all pro-life people have a “hive mentality” that “abortion is fun!” I really doubt anyone at all thinks it quite like that, but more importantly, not everyone can be painted with the same brush. Just because some of the more vocal and obnoxious pro-life people use certain tactics or arguments doesn’t mean all pro-life people feel the same way. Personally, I have put a lot of consideration into the issue, and I have a lot of very complicated thoughts on it. If I had to choose one or the other, heads or tails, I guess you’d call me pro-life. But that is a really oversimplified way to describe my position.

    ~

    What bothers me the most is that pro-life arguments are often “baby baby baby” and pro-choice are “women women women” and honestly, those are both totally valid and important aspects to consider. So why is it I almost never see a really thoughtful and comprehensive analysis that addresses BOTH sides of the issue equally?

    ~

    I could write a way-too-long essay on all the details of why I think what I think, but the most succinct way to describe it accurately is this: Personally and morally, in almost all life or death situations, I think life should inherently be weighted very heavily, and I would almost always choose it. However, even though I’ve thought it through a lot, I’m just not confident enough that I’m right about that to feel comfortable forcing that opinion on other people. And either way, I do think that personal morals and ethical public policy aren’t always the same thing–no matter how much I think abortion is *wrong,* there are a whole host of sociological, psychological, and public health reasons why abortion has to be *legal.*

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    Does that sound like a “hive mentality” to you? I hope not.

  • Lisa H.

    I’m really hurt and disturbed by the total lack of compassion or understanding exemplified by many pro-birthers (I maintain that only Jains are truly pro-life). They don’t seem to be able or willing to consider that there may be any situation where abortion is preferable to birth.
    My mom spent years suffering from a severe, untreated mental illness. Her sickness meant she had no impulse control and no ability to judge the consequences of her behavior. As a result she abused drugs and alcohol and engaged in rampant promiscuity. She kept getting pregnant (no surprise). She would find out about the pregnancy, look at her life and realize she couldn’t possibly bring a child into it and then arrange to abort. But that sickness came in cycles and without any treatment, the pattern would repeat itself. Finally, she got pregnant with me and, feeling lonely and wanting someone to love her (both frankly selfish motivations) she decided to go through with it. My childhood was, honestly, hellish. It was marred by substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse, poverty and fatherlessness. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. When I found out about my mother’s actions before my birth, I envied my pre-born, never-birthed siblings. I felt they had been the lucky ones, to escape the misery I had to endure.
    This is the reason I support abortion on demand. Because I know, as bad as my youth was, it would have been ten times worse if I had been one of six siblings born to mentally ill, welfare-dependent mother. Non-existence is preferable to being born into a miserable situation that leaves you with emotional scars it takes years to heal. And the women who use abortion as birth control, more often than not, are the kinds who should never have children. In those cases, abortion is a mercy.
    I realize this is my opinion and it won’t convince those dead-set in their opinions but I hope they’ll read it and at least realize the situation is far more grey than they like to admit.

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