Abortion’s Effect on Language

August 4, 2005 at 2:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto points to two articles that highlight the weird effect the abortion debate has had on language usage in the U.S. Compare:

“A 13-year-old giant panda gave birth to a cub at San Diego Zoo, but a second baby died in the womb, officials said Wednesday.”—Associated Press, Aug. 3

“A cancer-ravaged woman robbed of consciousness by a stroke has given birth after being kept on life support for three months to give her fetus extra time to develop.”—Associated Press, Aug. 3

That’s a pretty strange—and disturbing—language inversion if you ask me.

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