Saving nature’s unborn from Gulf oil disaster ,” the headline at CNN reads.

Hard to know how the oil spill threatened them, but the subject looked interesting.

So I clicked on it, to find that it was a feel-good story about efforts to relocate clutches of sea-turtle eggs to beaches away from oil stains.

Nice. But ask yourself this about the language of American journalism today, the next time you think about abortion: Why is an animal awaiting birth unborn , while a human awaiting birth is lump of tissue ?

Articles by Joseph Bottum

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