That was the headline I suggested for an upcoming Torch column on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act that was recently signed by President Bush. We went with something a little less edgy, but the act raises another question in my mind (besides the obvious ones about how this threatens abortion rights): is “unborn” really the right word to use here? I would think an unborn baby would be one that was born and then shoved back into the womb, like an undead person is one that died and became reanimated.
Unless they really are going for a zombie analogy, I think the prolifers are trying to indicate that fetuses are people, too. They just lack the benefit of having been born. I think the “pre-born” would be a more accurate name for the class; editor Brent came up with the “non-born.” Perhaps we should be politically correct and call them the “natally challenged.”
Or maybe we should just call a fetus a fetus.