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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 committed.

  • 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, newly delivered].

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: http://www.nd.edu/~archives/latgramm.htm (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 definition:

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 so-called "feminists."

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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