This article is replete with rhetoric. Let’s start with “women’s reproductive rights.” Literally, this means that women have a right to reproduce. Now, for women who live in China, calling for such a right makes sense. Until recently, women in China were only allowed to have one child. But, of course, this is not what the rhetorical device “reproductive rights” means. Instead, it refers to the legal right to use contraception and have abortions. Hence, just the opposite of what the words mean. If holders of this belief were honest, they would say “I have the right to sterilize myself and kill my child.” Of course, these truths are simply too ugly. Even the word “abortion” is a rhetorical device. Abort what? Generally people will respond with “abort the pregnancy” or “terminate the pregnancy.” There are only two ways that a pregnancy ends: birth or death. Either the child is born and the woman is no longer pregnant or the child dies. Abortion is the intential killing of the child in the womb. A better term is infanticide, though this term legally refers to the killing of a child that survives an abortion. Abortion is child killing, and if we used this term we could have a more honest discussion about heroes, pawns, and rights.
Timothy N. Nelson