- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2015

A pro-choice doctor is challenging the term “baby parts” to describe fetal tissue and organs, arguing that they should be referred to as “products of conception.”

In a Thursday article for the New Republic, Dr. Jen Gunter, a California-based OB/GYN, took issue with the use of “baby parts” by pro-life groups following the Center for Medical Progress’s release of videos with Planned Parenthood doctors discussing fetal-tissue donation.

In press releases, the center has routinely referred to the fetal hearts, livers and lungs donated for medical research after abortions as “baby parts,” but Dr. Gunter argued that the term is “medically incorrect.”

“These are not ‘baby parts.’ Whether a woman has a miscarriage or an abortion, the tissue specimen is called ‘products of conception,’” she said.

Dr. Gunter said the term “baby” is “medically incorrect as it doesn’t apply until birth.”

“Calling the tissue ‘baby parts’ is a calculated attempt to anthropomorphize an embryo or fetus,” she said. “It is a false image — a 10- to 12-week fetus looks nothing like a term baby — and is medically incorrect.”

The Federalist’s Denise C. McAllister weighed in Friday by countering that “you can call something by any name you like, but it doesn’t change the fact of what it is.”

“While she thinks that’s just an accurate medical term, it’s really just dehumanizing babies to prop up the abortion industry,” Ms. McAllister said in her post.

This isn’t the first time Dr. Gunter has challenged the use of language in the abortion debate. In an April 2 post on her website, she argued against references to the “fetal heart beat.”

“Using incorrect terminology isn’t just sloppy, it has a purpose — the babyfication of the embryo and it’s just one more back door way to erode choice,” Dr. Gunter said.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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