from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The unborn young of a viviparous vertebrate having a basic structural resemblance to the adult animal.
- noun In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to the moment of birth, as distinguished from the earlier embryo.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The young of viviparous animals in the womb, and of oviparous animals in the egg; the embryo in the later stage of development. see
embryo. Also spelled fœus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The young or embryo of a vertebrate animal in the womb, or in the egg; often restricted to the later stages in the development of viviparous and oviparous animals. showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal,
embryobeing applied to the earlier stages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
unbornor unhatched vertebrateshowing signs of the mature animal.
- noun A human
embryoafter the 8th week of gestation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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*I understand not everyone thinks abortion is murder, and some people would use the term fetus and not baby, but I am just working through what Sydney Carton said in the above comment.
Another bill, HB 2035, would require minors to obtain parental consent before an abortion and change the term "fetus" to "unborn child."
The proposed law does not clearly define the term fetus, nor does it make clear at what stage of pregnancy a prosecution could occur.
It makes no sense to say that a fetus is a human person deserving of legal protection on the Rhode Island side of the border, but not on the Massachusetts side.
If you think a fetus is a human being then that is true whether than fetus is in Selma, Alabama (where I graduated from high school – GO SAINTS!) in Seattle or Sydney, Santiago, Salzberg, or Shanghai.
Ok, I'm not sorry, if you think a fetus is a baby, then you really are a moron (and a retard).
And in many late term cases, the fetus is already dead or not viable. pseudonymous in nc says:
Even if you disagree that a fetus is a human life that early, can you not at least be civil and respect that as our position?
Due to abortion being such a scared cow and the denial that a fetus is anything but a parasitic clump of cells, so much actual scientific reality if obscured.
Because the fetus is the one to initially infringe on the most fundamental right of all, the right to bodily integrity.