David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Wed Apr 26 12:58:20 UTC 2006

From:    Paul Johnson <paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM>

> How much of the abortion/miscarriage question is fueled by the religious
> prohibitions against A.  If all the religionists had to use A instead of
> M  they would lose some of the moral force of their arguments.  If you
> have to admit that 30 % of all pregnancies end in natural abortion the
> religionists would have to actively champaign for better prenatal health
> care

Beyond the fact that it simply couldn't happen (legislating word choice
seem pretty unworkable), i don't think this would have the effect you
think it would--people would just use more adjectives.

And that's aside from the fact that "religionists" have a wide range of
views on elective abortions, from "no big deal" to "eternal
damnation"--*and* that many religious people, including those vigorously
opposed to all or most instances of elective abortions, *do* actively
campaign for better prenatal health care.

David Bowie                                         http://pmpkn.net/lx
     Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
     house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
     chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list