In George Orwell’s ominous and dystopian novel 1984, the Party (i.e. the totalitarian governing authority) uses Newspeak (the Party’s accepted language) to indoctrinate the population. The Party has three slogans that it constantly presents to the people:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
If something is repeated often enough, eventually people will believe it.
Pro-abortion activists often like to tear a page straight out of 1984 and adopt the Party’s strategy as their own. For pro-abortion supporters’ language,
- “Pro-life” becomes “anti-abortion.”
- “Abortion” becomes “termination of a pregnancy.”
- “Pregnancy” becomes “forced parenthood.”
To combat this form of Newspeak, Congressman Doug Lamborn has introduced a bill with 19 other congressmen termed the “Recognizing the Unborn Act.”
The bill (HR 6099) would replace the word “fetus” with the words “unborn child” in all Federal law.
The act would further define the words “unborn child” as “a child in utero, and the term ‘child in utero’ or ‘child, who is in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”
Fetus is a common, and correct term used to describe “a young human or animal before it is born.”
And yet, the term “unborn child” makes clearer and more apparent the reality that babies in their mother’s wombs are full and real members of the human species – and therefore deserve to be protected from the moment of conception.
“Every single human, born or unborn, is endowed by their creator and deserves the right to life,” Rep. Lamborn said in a statement on the bill.
“This is why I introduced the ‘Recognizing the Unborn Act,’ which acknowledges the inherent fact that an unborn child is a human life. Far too often, those on the left try to dehumanize and degrade the life of unborn children. My legislation continues to fight to recognize and protect the most vulnerable in our society.”
According to a press release from Rep. Lamborn, the legislation is endorsed by several influential pro-family groups: Family Policy Alliance, Concerned Women for America, Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, Americans United for Life, and Susan B. Anthony List.
“HR 6099 advances the truth: every child, both born and unborn, is fully human and deserves full recognition under law. We thank Rep. Lamborn for putting forth this important legislation and anticipate the day when every child in America is both fully recognized and fully protected,” Family Policy Alliance said about the bill.
And yet, this isn’t the only action lawmakers have taken recently to protect pre-born babies and the speech of pro-life supporters.
In September, the pro-life organization Live Action, founded by Lila Rose, accused Google of censoring its internet ads informing women about the abortion pill reversal process.
Around 40% of all abortions are now performed with the abortion pill – which is a two-pill process (including mifepristone and misoprostol) that causes a woman to miscarry her baby.
But for women who take the first pill and quickly come to regret their decision, there is a way to reverse the effects of mifepristone; it’s this process Live Action wanted to inform women about.
But Google decided to censor their ads, alleging the ads contained “harmful health claims.” Yet the reversal process is hardly harmful – it involves giving progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, to women who have taken mifepristone to counter its effects.
Ironically, and tragically, the abortion pill is far more harmful to women’s health than the reversal process is. As we previously reported, “Google continues to allow ads for the abortion pill, which according to Live Action, has resulted in 1,042 women sent to the hospital, 599 women who needed blood transfusions, and 24 deaths.”
As a result of this selective censorship, several lawmakers wrote a letter to Google, charging that their censorship is “out of step with the science and reflects an unacceptable bias against pro-life views.” Since then, Google has refused to reinstate Live Action’s ads.
On November 30, 2021, 23 members of Congress joined a second letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
“We are deeply disappointed that you have not reversed Google’s unjust decision to censor life-saving information on abortion pill reversal,” the lawmakers wrote. “We had hoped to receive assurances of Google’s commitment to uphold the fundamental principle of freedom of speech and follow the science. Unfortunately, Google’s response only increases our alarm.”
For pro-life supporters, who may be on the verge of a once in a generation victory in the fight for life, the ability to speak freely and accurately about the issue may become even more important. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, and the issue of abortion is returned to the states for the people to debate and legislate on, convincing others about the need to protect life in the womb will be even more vital.
To learn more about the abortion pill reversal protocol, visit abortionpillreversal.com or call 1-877-558-0333. That helpline will connect callers with a medical professional who can guide them through the process of reversing the pill’s effects.
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