Janice Shaw Crouse

The United Nations (U.N.) continues to be predictable and manipulative, as revealed in the first draft of the “agreed conclusions” released this week at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). To read the document, one would conclude that to end “violence against the girl child” means universal abortion-on-demand and teaching girls about their “sexuality.” It also means, according to the draft of agreed conclusions, that all this should be accomplished in a shroud of confidentiality; don’t let parents know what their daughters are doing.

1. Pushing a radical sex agenda through language — “forced pregnancy” and “sexuality education.”

The 21-page draft of agreed conclusions contains numerous instances of coded language. The attempt to push “reproductive health services” or “reproductive health rights” — terms that the left has admitted refers to abortion — rather than the term “reproductive health care” (the health care and hygiene that women need to remain healthy during pregnancy) is not unusual. That cloaked effort to promote abortion is on-going. New language, though, has popped up. “Forced pregnancy” can mean being unable to get an abortion when one is desired. It also means that any unexpected or unwanted pregnancy is a “forced” one. Obviously, using the word “forced” brings another connotative dimension and conveys additional emotional power to the abortion issue. All this may seem like merely innocuous changes of terminology, but it is in the same vein as the feminists recasting themselves as being proponents of choice, a softer more agreeable term than the more graphic term abortion. It brings to mind the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s reminder that the side that wins the language battle wins the war.


Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
 
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