Definitions: Pro-Life Terms and Language – Glossary of Pro-Life Terms

Glossary of  Terms Relating to Abortion and Human Reproduction


This is a chapter of the Pro-Life Activist's Encyclopedia published by American Life League  


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Abortion Glossary of  Medical Terms  

Aborticide: destruction of the embryo or fetus in the womb.

Abortion: "The termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus; especially: the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy.” (Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Bioethics: – the study of the ethical problems arising from scientific advances, esp. in biology and medicine – bioethical adj. ethics – 1 the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy  2 a treatise on this study  3 the system or code of morals of a particular person, religion,  group, profession etc.

Blastocyst: The term blastocyst is a medical term used to describe a human embryo who is four to six days old.

Chromosomes:A chromosome is an organized structure of DNA and protein that is found in cells. It is a single piece of coiled DNA containing many genes, regulatory elements and other nucleotide sequences. Chromosomes also contain DNA-bound proteins, which serve to package the DNA and control its functions. The word chromosome comes from the Greek χρῶμα (chroma, color) and σῶμα (soma, body) due to their property of being very strongly stained by particular dyes.

Contraception: n. the intentional prevention of fertilization of an ovum, as by special devices, drugs, etc.  Any device or drug which is intended to stop a pregnancy after fertilization is not technically "contraception" but actually functions as a method of abortion.

Ectopic Pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy is an abnormal pregnancy that occurs outside the womb (uterus).  Differing views have been expressed about how best to protect maternal and fetal health in such cases.

Embryo: When a sperm penetrates the ovum, this now becomes zygote (a fertilized egg) which, on dividing, is called an embryo.

Eugenics: Planned breeding designed to alter the genetic makeup of future generations.
Positive Eugenics - the preferential breeding of so-called superior
individuals in order to improve the genetic stock of the human race.
Negative Eugenics - discouragement or the legal prohibition of reproduction of individuals carrying genes leading to disease or disability ... can be achieved by genetic counseling or by sterilization, either voluntary or enforced.[6]

Fertilization: Fertilization is the process of combining the male gamete, or "sperm," with the female gamete, or "ovum." The product of this combination is a cell called a zygot

Fetoscopy: a procedure that utilizes an instrument called a fetoscope to evaluate or treat the fetus during pregnancy.

Genocide: Webster's New World Encyclopedia, Prentice Hall General Reference, 1992:
"The deliberate and systematic destruction of a national, racial, religious, political, cultural, ethnic, or other group defined by the exterminators as undesirable." That definition readily applies to abortion. The "national group" is American "unwanted" unborn children and they are now being destroyed at the rate of nearly 1 out of every 3 conceived. They are being terminated in an elaborate network of killing centers.

Neonatal: Pertaining to the newborn period which, by convention, is the first four weeks after birth.
Perinatal: Pertaining to the period immediately before and after birth. The perinatal period is defined in diverse ways. Depending on the definition, it starts at the 20th to 28th week of gestation and ends 1 to 4 weeks after birth. The word "perinatal" is a hybrid of the Greek "peri-" meaning "around or about" and "natal" from the Latin "natus" meaning "born."

Person: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  A person (from the Latin persona meaning "mask")[1] is most broadly defined as any individual self-conscious or rational being, or any entity having rights and duties; or often more narrowly defined as an individual human being in particular. Definition: 1. a human being, especially as distinguished from a thing or lower animal; individual man, woman or child: as he is a kind person, three persons are missing.

Personhood: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  The term personhood refers to the state or condition of being an individual person, the essential meaning and constituent properties of what it is to be a person.

Personhood Movement Within Prolife: The Primary Mission of Personhood USA is to serve Jesus by being an Advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, the pre-born child. We serve by starting / coordinating efforts to establish legal "personhood" for pre-born children through peaceful activism, legislative efforts and ballot-access petition initiatives.

Quickening: 1. begin to show signs of life, as a fetus in the womb 2. to enter the stage of pregnancy in which the movement of  the fetus can be felt

Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton: These two titles are the names of the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions which legalized abortion in 1973 for any reason or no reason for any length of time into the pregnancy.  None of this came about because of the approval of the voters.

World Health Organization’s Definition of Health (Used to Support Abortion): “Health is not only the absence of infirmity and disease but also a state of physical, mental, and social well-being.” Thus WHO supports abortion for what it terms the best interest of a woman’s mental and social health, as well as physical health.