Semantic Gymnastics – "Conception" is Implantation, And "Pregnancy" Begins at Implantation
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"There was a redefinition of when life begins that occurred in 1965, when through the work of Planned Parenthood, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists redefined a number of words.
"They defined fertilization as the joining of the sperm and the egg that is the definition it had always been, but then they defined conception as implantation in the womb, not the joining of the sperm and the egg, the implantation occurs 5-7 days later.
"Then they defined pregnancy as beginning at conception, which means pregnancy begins at implantation.
"And then they defined abortion as the termination of a pregnancy." – Jim Sedlak, Vice President of American Life League
"Jim Sedlak, Vice President of American Life League, discusses Planned Parenthood's encroachment on American culture."
The actual change in 1965 occurred here:
"American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). Terminology Bulletin, "Terms Used in Reference to the Fetus." Chicago: ACOG, September 1965."
A current American Congress (formerly College) of Obstetricians and Gynecologists current brochure uses this terminology:
In-depth timeline of the language manipulation from Human Life International:
see: The Manipulation of Language section in this article:
Let's Speak The Same Language
In conclusion, from the video, in talking about life, we can no longer use the word 'conception' in our arguments about life, as it means different things to different people, and it is no longer a medical term.
We can no longer talk about 'fertilization', as it is now referred to a 'process of fertilization', it is not 'a moment'.
Now the personhood initiatives across the nation are talking about 'the biological beginning', and that is defined in science as it is called, The Carnegie Stages of Human Development, a very precise scientific definition.
We have to be very precise in our terms, and in the next 6 months to a year, we have to throw out things like conception and fertilization, we have to be very specific, so now the other side can't use the semantic gymnastics to speak against it.
[from Dianne Harbin, 30 Oct 10]