Let’s talk about DoubleSpeak. Orwell’s DoubleSpeak, as applied in our day, started as a minor annoyance; it has become endemic in our society. Everything is subject to DoubleSpeak, nothing is protected.
Back in the day, especially after the Roe v Wade decision, a war of words began. Those who were against abortion were so because they believed in the sanctity of life, the lives of both the mother and the unborn child. These people favored protecting life and cast themselves as being “pro-life”.
On the other side of the issue were those who favored a woman’s decision, for whatever reason, to terminate her pregnancy. Let’s be clear, the term “pregnancy termination” is a nice way of referring to ending the life of a human being. Rather than accept the term of “pro-abortion,” that seemed to be accurate, these people tried to clean up their image and referred to themselves as “pro-choice”. In turn they referred to those who were in favor of the protection of all life, over abortion, as “anti-choice”.
Yes, the manipulation of words began. Fast forward to modern times.
When one hears the word “health,” I would guess that most think of whatever it takes to promote health, or well-being, over sickness, prolonged life as the result of health over death, the result of sickness.
Now let’s think about “reproductive health” and what picture that term presents. We’ve defined “health”, how about “reproduction”? Well, “reproduction” has to do with procreation, as far as I can tell. What does Merriam-Webster think?
1. the act or process of reproducing
specifically : the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual
Given the meanings of the words “health” and “reproduction”, how does combining the two words together yield the idea of ending a life through abortion?
DoubleSpeak at its best. In fact, whenever the left needs to take control of a conversation, it introduces DoubleSpeak and assigns, heretofore unknown, novel meanings to words that have been understood otherwise since time immemorial.
Come on, man… Change My Mind!