Glossary of Antiabortion Terms
Antiabortion activists love to invent new words. The people, places, things, and actions associated with abortion and reproductive rights are the targets of self righteous neologism. The antiabortion crusaders also invent lavishly flattering terms to describe themselves and their activities.
To find examples of these invented words and to get an estimate of their frequency on the web, I use the Google Search Engine.
556 hits on Google
A woman is "abortion minded" if she intends to get an abortion.
A Sober Look at CPC's "We have to attract more abortion-minded women to our centers."
The Counselor Corps Home Page ". . .they just aren't making the maximum possible impact in preventing abortion because they aren't reaching very many people who are actually abortion minded."
1500 hits on Google
An abortion clinic. The word is probably the combination of "abortion" and "mortuary." It is apparently only used as a term of condemnation and only among antiabortion people. Its closest better known synonym is "abortion mill."
Blood & Roses Abortuary The page also lists other clinics:
Women's Medical Abortuary of Clearwater
National Women's Abortuary
March Newsgram, Part 1, 1997 "across the street from Reproductive Services abortuary at ... "
As the antiabortion extremists use the term, "bloodguilt" is the guilty state of religious incorrectness that adheres to any Christian church that does not fall in line with Missionaries to the Unborn and Operation Save America.
The Establishing Bloodguilt project Missionaries to the Unborn describe the project.
Bloodguilt Outreach at Horizon February 18, 2002 - The article describes demonstrating with the big signs of mangled fetuses at the Horizon clinic, taking care to blame a nearby church for supporting the clinic by its inaction.
Establishing Bloodguilt: The Project Operation Rescue West lays out their plans for the campaign.
Crisis Pregnancy Center, Pregnancy Center, Pregnancy Resource Center, CPC
12200 hits on Google for "Crisis Pregnancy Center"
A prolife service, often misrepresented as a medical clinic or personal counseling service. Its chief goal: prevent "clients" from getting an abortion.
For a detailed look at supporters and critics of Crisis Pregnancy Centers see Counseling the "Hurting Moms": Sidewalk Counseling and Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
90 hits on Google
A term much used by Operation Save America and its predecessor, Operation Rescue National, to refer to their kind of antiabortion protester. If you're not religiously correct on the abortion issue, you're no Christian in their book. Of course prochoice people (proaborts) are neither gentle nor Christian.
Victories and Judgements ". . . thanks to the bold witness of gentle Christians who have despised the shame and shown the truth."
December 4-21, 2000, reports - Voice For Life "about 35 gentle Christians were on the sidewalk outside the Summit Women's Center, praying for God to save the children who were scheduled to die inside."
Killing Center, Killing Chamber
An abortion clinic. Apparently this is a borrowing from earlier and more widespread useage referring to the Nazis extermination of the Jews. See the killing center definition from the glossary of the US Holocaust Museum.
Antiabortion crusaders consider aborted fetuses to be the equivalent of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. See The American - Nazi War Memorial. Its opening page declares "The American - Nazi War Memorial is a graphic pictorial
that clearly shows the link between what the Jews suffered
at the hands of Nazi Germany, and what unborn babies currently suffer at the hands of American abortionists."
The rise and fall of La Mesa's killing center from Operation Rescue West.
Suntree Plaza BACK ALLEY Killing Center
Saints Assemble at Rochester Killing Center "Saints" is a term antiabortion protesters use in referring to themselves.
Palmdale baby lives while abortion chamber "dies" "But as the killing chamber lies silent, the sidewalk ministry continues to bear fruit." "Sidewalk ministry" is the term the antiabortion protesters use to describe their own activities.
187 hits on Google.
"Planned Barrenhood" is a rhyming insult based on the name "Planned Parenthood." The competing phrase "Planned Murderhood" comes in a distant second, with only 9 hits on Google.
Planned Barrenhood's Dirty Little Secret
Christian Gallery, March, 1994 "Planned Barrenhood facility was licked with flames a few days before the celebration of the Lord's birth and again on February 3. The administrators had been doing referrals for nearby abortuaries."
1660 hits on Google
"Post abortive" is a medical-sounding term with no apparent legitimate medical usage. It refers to women who allegedly suffer from the effects of abortion. It is often linked to discussion and promotion of an invented medical condition Post Abortion Syndrome or PAS. For more detail on pseudo medical propaganda, see
Sidewalk "Science": Self-serving Pseudoscholarly Quackery.
Post-Abortive Women To Overturn Roe v Wade
A Message to the Post-Abortive The site has pages on these topics: "If Your Spouse is Post-Abortive", "Live Chats With the Post-Abortive".
Pro Death or Pro-death
Antiabortion activists insist that prochoice people are their opposites. Thus prochoice people are "pro-death."
Pro-life and anti-abortion "We are pro-life because abortion is murder, pro-choice means pro-death."
Up for Grabs "Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans have not already sold their soul to the pro-death community."
Physically blocking a woman from entering an abortion clinic. Since passage of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances act, the practice of "rescuing" has declined sharply.
26 Ways to Stop Abortion "Peacefully rescuing unborn children occurs when a group of pro-lifers sit down in front of the abortuary doors, thus physically intervening for the baby by placing their bodies between the abortionist and the mom." The same source also defines the "Minuteman Rescue": "Smaller, unannounced rescues are called Minutemen Rescues."
Share the Gospel
In its widest meaning, "sharing the Gospel" means to preach a Christian message that is aimed at religious conversion. Among the antiabortion extremists, it also means shouting at women on the public sidewalks.
Prolife Missionaries ". . . a Christian mission which primarily exists to educate the citizens of Wisconsin concerning Biblical truth in relation to homosexuality, while also sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the homosexuals of our state."
Sidewalk Counselor, Sidewalk Counseling
Sidewalk Counselor: 483 hits on Google.
For a more complete treatment of sidewalk counseling, see my page Counseling the "Hurting Moms"
Sidewalk Counseling as defined by a practitioner:
Sidewalk Counseling "Sidewalk counseling is not watching mothers take their unborn babies to abortion mills and praying that they change their minds once inside. Nor is it giving out leaflets to mothers with the hope the material will be read and cause a change of heart. It is crisis intervention. It is dialogue. It is conversation, interaction and persuasion based upon knowledge whose holy purpose is to save a babyís life and a motherís soul."
A sidewalk counselor saved my baby... "Emily went to the abortion clinic to have her baby killed. As she was going in, a gentleman on the sidewalk smiled and gave her a pamphlet. He didn't say a word."
August 6, 2001 Report - Fort Worth Pro-Life Ministries "A couple of young women in a black car drove slowly up the driveway, looking at the graphic signs. The girl in the passenger side began to cry. As they pulled into the parking lot, the sidewalk counselor had a chance to talk to them."
"Truth Truck" gets 154 hits on Google, though about half of these refer to the truth trucks used in the anti-tobacco campaign, as in Jones, Metzger to Tell the 'Truth.' Truth trucks operate like other advertising trucks, travelling the most congested routes.
A "Truth Truck" is a truck, whether a van or even a semi tractor and trailer, covered with giant pictures of fetal remains. Some trucks feature sleeping quarters inside for their staff of missionaries. For more on Truth Trucks, see Truth Trucks.
Truth Truck Impounded! "In an attempt to silence the powerful pro-life message, the Truth Truck was unlawfully impounded and towed away."
New Outreach Tool "We looking into the possibility of getting to bus or box van to convert into a TRUTH TRUCK. This will be a traveling educational tool which will be taken to college campuses, events, concerts, etc."
Operation Rescue Truth Truck Funding Appeal A Truth Truck is "a huge billboard on wheels. A double-sided, fully-lighted mobile sign-carrying truck that holds 22-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall signs. And we can take it anywhere we want and show everyone within 200 yards exactly what abortion is all about!"