Simply based on what I’ve seen of her commentaries and
online sloganeering, I would have never believed you if you’d have told me that
Dr. Jen Gunter was an actual medical doctor. Even if you said it with a
straight face. And to be completely candid, even after seeing her credentials
online – including a medical degree from the University of Manitoba and OB/GYN
training at the University of Western Ontario – I’m still not sure I totally buy
After all, forget being a highly trained medical
professional, I don’t know how it is possible for someone who has passed 8th grade science to say something as logically unsound as this:
“A fetus in not a baby. A fetus is not an unborn or a preborn baby or child. If your goal is to legislate medical care you have to use medical terminology. I will f***ing call you out each and every time.”
Man, that just isn’t bright.
First of all, I can’t say that I would ever be overly
concerned with someone who appears to be nothing more than an online abortion
zealot boasting a medical license “calling me out.” I’d be surprised if anyone
elected to a state or federal legislative post would lose too much sleep over
Secondly, while this semantics game is unbecoming of
politicians, it’s both unprofessional and embarrassing for the
scientifically-inclined. Fetus is a term derived from the Latin “fētus” which
translates to “offspring.” You know, like the English terms baby or child. But
beyond that, what exactly is Gunter’s point?
Perhaps she’s implying that a “fetus” is not really a human.
If that’s the case, whatwould she
say a fetus is? And where would this silly game cease? An “infant” is not
technically a “child.” And a “child” isn’t technically an “adolescent.” And an
“adolescent” isn’t technically an “adult.” So, can we arbitrarily declare that
one term is more human than another, or that one isn’t human at all?
Terms like adolescent, infant, and adult don’t refer to
non-humans. They refer to humans at particular stages of development. You know
what other term doesn’t refer to a non-human, but a human at a particular stage
of development? Fetus. And just to help Dr. Jen and her posse out, that applies
to the terms “embryo” and “zygote” as well.
But perhaps the most interesting part of this whole episode
is Gunter’s “demand” that we use official “medical terminology.” If that’s the
case, shouldn’t Gunter be willing to do the same? And that would mean she
should stop using a catch-all colloquial term like “abortion” for what she
advocates. Dr. Jen Gunter is a proponent of feticide, or the more common
iteration of the word, “fetal homicide.”
Appealing to medical science never ends well for fetal
homicide activists. That’s why Dr. Jen Gunter should stick to online trolling
and fundraising for feticide factories, and leave the science to those who