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The Word Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want to Say

You can learn a lot about a person by what they say. But, perhaps, you can learn even more from what they do not say.

Planned Parenthood’s international arm, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), recently released an updated guide instructing activists on what to say when talking about abortion. There are many words and phrases that IPPF does not want activists to use when speaking to women considering abortion—one word in particular.

Can you guess what it is?

The guide’s lexicon recommends activists avoid using the word “baby.” Instead, it instructs they use the alternative word “embryo” when speaking to women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant and “fetus” when speaking to those more than 10 weeks pregnant. Otherwise, it says, just refer to “the pregnancy.”

This is particularly ironic since most doctors always use the word “baby” when the mother wants to give birth to the child. “The alternatives are medically accurate terms,” the guide explains, “as the embryo or fetus is not a baby.” This is the official (albeit, flawed) explanation for avoiding the “baby” word. But anyone who knows what Planned Parenthood is actually about can figure out the true reason.

Abortions make up millions of dollars in revenue for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. More than 50 percent of their reported patient fees are from abortions.

And, apparently they will go to great lengths to keep this revenue coming in – including misusing taxpayer funds, failing to report the sexual abuse of young girls visiting their clinics, lying about providing cancer screenings, and selling the body parts of aborted children.

While Planned Parenthood may say that their goal is to help women, this is obviously a falsehood. Their goal is to make a profit from exploiting women and killing babies in the womb.

Because they are in the business of selling abortion, they need to make it sound as attractive as possible. And because abortion is a traumatic, ugly, and unconscionable thing, it is necessary to obscure the facts about what it really is.

The truth is that abortion ends the life of a baby.

The less Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion activists talk about the individual killed by abortion, the more they can sell their “product” to vulnerable women.

It is probably for this same reason that the IPPF guide instructs activists to avoid using images of babies (born or unborn) or even pregnant women in their literature.

“Including babies in materials about abortion can send a confusing message to some audiences,” instructs the guide, “particularly as images of babies are often associated with anti-choice campaigns.”

They can talk about “anti-choice campaigns” all they want, but the only confusing message is coming from Planned Parenthood. They rely on it. Without this confusion about what abortion actually involves, very few would actually seek their services.

The IPPF guide wants to continue this confusing rhetoric in order to sell more abortions to women in vulnerable situations. And that says a lot about Planned Parenthood.

Maureen Collins

Web Writer

Maureen has a passion for writing and politics, and her work has appeared on The Federalist and

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