Why the Term "Infanticide"?
Why does Accountability Utah
prefer the term "infanticide"? First, consider several of the
terms commonly used today to describe this barbaric practice:
The term "abortion" is problematic in that abortions can
occur naturally and also via an elective surgical procedure.
This term, therefore, does not accurately reflect, or focus
on, the intentional murder of human offspring that is
The term "homicide,"" or "the killing of one person by
another," is accurate. But Accountability Utah felt that
this term was not specific enough to the deranged and
horrible type of murder being committed on the most innocent
and guiltless members of our society.
The term "feticide," or the "Intentional destruction of a
human fetus," (The American Heritage College Dictionary,
Third Edition) is clouded in modern English—being utilized
as a tool to diminish the status of a baby in the womb to
that of a sub-human. In Latin, fetus meant:
fetus (1) -a -um (1) [pregnant; fruitful , fertile;
teeming with, full of]. (2) [that has brought forth,
fetus (2) -us m. [the
bringing forth or hatching of young]; of the soil
, [bearing, producing]. Transf., [that which is
brought forth; offspring, brood]; of plants,
[fruit, produce, shoot].
Source: Latin Dictionary: Archives of the University of
Notre Dame, available at:
(see also The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third
Edition, under "fetus" [ME < Lat. fetus, offspring.]
Accountability Utah prefers
the term "infanticide" because it reflects the fact that more
civilized nations of the past have not made the distinction
America does with regard to babies in the womb. In fact, in
ancient Iceland, a child's first birthday was celebrated three
months after his born--the date of conception being the
child's actual birthday into the world.
Consider the American
definition of infant. Pay particular attention to the legal
Infant 1. A child in
infancy. 2. Law. A person under the legal age
of majority; a minor. -- adj. 1. Of or being in
infancy. 2. Intended for infants or young children. 3.
Newly begun or formed. [ME < Ofr enfant < Lat.
Infans, infant- < infans, not able to speak,
young: in-, not...] (Source: The American Heritage College
Dictionary, Third Edition)
It is immoral to leave our
offspring out of the legal definition of a person under the
legal age of the majority simply because of the place that he
or she is housed in at the time. Relegating beings in the womb
to a class below infants only empowers the perverted movement
to dehumanize them—playing right into the hands of modern
The term "infanticide" also
accurately describes the fact that infants in the womb do not
have a voice in our society today and are not able to speak in
their own defense or to protect themselves. There certainly
were no voices in the senate the last night of the 2003
general session when two anti-infanticide bills were
filibustered and killed.
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