When a Mother and Unborn Baby Tragically Die, New York Times Still Uses “Fetus”
by Steven Ertelt | New York, NY | LifeNews.com | 8/6/13 1:51 PM
The term fetus is Latin for “young one” and, in and of itself, is not an offensive term when it comes to acknowledging the humanity of the unborn child before birth. But the media and abortion backers often employ the word as opposed to terms like “unborn child” or “baby” to describe human beings before birth in order to remove their humanity and lessen their moral standing.
The New York Times is one of the culprits and readers expect to see the term fetus used instead of unborn child when it comes to articles on the abortion debate or abortion policy. But the Gray Lady can’t help herself — using the term even when it is applied in reference to a wanted child, a baby who was tragically killed.
From a story on the death of a young pregnant mother and her unborn baby, who both died when a tree fell and crushed them while she was sitting on a park bench:
There will be no pictures of mother and child. Ms. Li-Dikov, 30, was killed on Sunday when a giant tree toppled in Kissena Park in Queens, shattering the bench she was resting on and killing her. The 6-month-old fetus did not survive.
A captioned picture also reads, “Yingyi Li-Dikov, 30, and the fetus she was carrying died.”
Never mind that Aleksander Dikov wanted the baby, who is a girl. He understand the tragedy that two peple died, even if the Times reporter is oblivious.
On Monday afternoon, Mr. Dikov ducked under yellow caution tape to the site of his wife’s death. The tree still lay across the splintered bench. His parents beside him, he laid flowers down while wearing his National Guard uniform.
His sobs filled the air of the quiet park.
“I was looking forward to having a baby,” he said later. “Having a baby girl.”
LifeNews extends our condolences to Mr. Dikov and his family for their loss of Yingyi, and baby.