A teenage girl created a national stir yesterday when she was caught shoplifting and officials found the body of a dead newborn baby in one of her shopping bags. The security guard inspecting the bags reported it to the NYPD and media outlets reported on the situation.
“The guard called police. The girl later told police that she had given birth on Wednesday and did not know what to do with the fetus,” CBS reported. “It was not immediately clear where she gave birth.”
Pro-life writer Mollie Hemingway noticed that the Associated Press also has trouble with basic science, in that it reported the unborn baby as a “fetus as well.”
This horrifying information is almost too difficult to comprehend. Who would carry around human remains? Why? How did this baby die?
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These questions might take some time to answer. But it is interesting to note how the Associated Press reported this news. They sent out the following tweet:
This wouldn’t be the first time the AP Twitter feed had problems related to unborn children. But that’s what is so weird about this tweet: Why in the world is the Associated Press referring to a dead baby in a bag as a fetus? An apparent fetus.
Let’s first look at the definition of “fetus“:
2. In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to the moment of birth, as distinguished from the earlier embryo.
Until the moment of birth. So is a dead baby in a bag a fetus? Sigh. We really work overtime to avoid calling babies … babies.
This is a persistent problem in the media. We saw it from the New York Times during the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Yes, the same trial the media had to be shamed into covering. Gosnell was charged with and eventually convicted of killing babies (that is, children he delivered before snipping their spines) and not fetuses (that is, children whose spines would have been snipped while in the birth canal). And yet various journalists said he was accused of killing fetuses.