Abortion is the Killing of an Innocent Human Person

I find it fascinating how many people think that by simply saying, “abortion is the killing of an innocent human person,” I am somehow practicing hate speech. It seems like even those who are opposed to the killing of innocent human persons are reluctant to call it just that: Killing. Some have even told me not to use the word abortion because it might offend someone who has had one, because they would have to think about what they have done. The crazy part about this is that these statements often come from those who call themselves Christian and pro-life.

A few years ago I got an e-mail from a Christian furious at me for using the term “abortionist.” He was appalled that I would refer to someone who performs abortions as an abortionist because that is saying he wants to commit abortions. Are you confused? I was when I read his e-mail; I actually had to read it a couple of times through just to make sure I was not misreading it.

I explained to him that “abortionist” was simply a technical term like therapist, anesthesiologist or scientist. He claimed that no one wants to perform abortions and using a term like that was hateful. I actually think that using the term is too kind; abortionists don’t deserve professional titles.

In almost any genre, field, clique, movement or belief system you will find terminology that is unique and not often known outside that group. You will find that inside the pro-life movement people often refuse to call buildings where abortions are performed, “clinics,” instead calling them “abortion mills.” The fact is a clinic is a place where people go for healing, not to have someone else killed. The term “abortion mill” comes from the fact that most of these places cycle through large groups of mothers in short periods of time and will kill the largest quantity of babies in the shortest periods of time; therefore, we call it a mill.

Another term often used is “pro-abortion” instead of the inaccurate term coined by the abortion industry, “pro-choice.” This term attempts to highjack an innocuous word that would paint their stance in a good light. The simple truth is that if someone is “pro” the right to abortion then they are pro-abortion.

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Most pro-lifers will also refuse to say “terminate a pregnancy.” We call it what it really is: Child-killing. I refuse to refer to a child in the womb as a “pregnancy.”

Why do we feel the need to sanitize abortion and not call it what it really is, the killing of a human person? Why do we have to change everything to not hurt people’s feelings by using correct and proper terms?

In the same manner I refuse to dishonor the more than 65 million innocent human persons who have been killed by abortion by referring to them as “terminated pregnancies.” I will never afford the term “doctor” to a man who uses his God-given talents to rip babies limb from limb and leave mothers hurting for the rest of their lives.

Why is it that we only want to tiptoe around the atrocities of abortion and not other heinous crimes? Imagine if someone started calling rapists “involuntary sex partners” just to soften the term so there is not as much stigma in the name? What if we called murder “post-pregnancy termination” so it would not make the person who committed the murder feel bad for what they had done?  Maybe we could call people who believe it is OK to molest little children “pro-choice” because they should have the choice to do what they believe?

I hope you find these examples ludicrous. I do. What I find more ludicrous is when I am told I am using hate speech for call the killing of an innocent human person “homicide.” I find it unthinkable to reduce the lives of precious babies to simply “choices.”

That to me is the real hate speech.

For the Voiceless

Bryan Kemper 
Director of Youth Outreach and Coordinator of Street Activism