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Potential Human Beings? O'Reilly Slams Abortion Euphemisms, then Uses One Comments

The supporters of legal abortion depend on verbal shenanigans to persuade and give contrived 'moral' cover to the evil act of killing the child in the womb.  Among their favorite euphemisms are "terminating a pregnancy," "choice," and "reproductive rights."  Those who saw The O'Reilly Factor on October 7th got a double helping of this dehumanizing rhetoric, and sadly some of it came from Bill O'Reilly himself.  Continue Reading

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  1. Bob
    4 years ago

    This argument was scientifically settled in the 1950's by Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the discoverer of the cause of Down's syndrome. Life begins at conception. These facts were confirmed, again, in 2005 by Dr. Fritz Baumgartner. There's no such thing as a "potential human being", after conception there IS a human being.

  2. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    Well, Kel, "here we go again." Can't you "liberal" Catholic-baiters make an argument "straight up?" HUGE DIFFERENCE, bub, between killing babies in the womb and people/nations irrationally 'going to war.' But no, your distorted logic is that killing in war is the same as the slaying of the innocent in the womb. Not! Your question is: "How can so many Catholics claim to be pro life and still support the same political party who every time they are in power must engage in some kind of military conflict...?" Well, right back at ya', because we CAN'T support a political party whose INSTITUTIONAL plank is abortion on demand, the DELIBERATE murder of an innocent child in the womb. Whose is the greater sin? War CAN BE morally justified. Abortion can NEVER be justified, period!!! The hypocrisy, Kel, is ALL on you!

  3. John Mainhart
    4 years ago

    Most of what I read here is well said and strenthens my Faith that people who love God are getting stronger. I would like to add one suggestion to the discussion. Jesus was all about meaning of the intended words not every specific word. The lawyers in the last forty years have made picking apart individual words to determine the worth of a statement the standard way to discuss a controversy. So they are "letter of the law" people. This does not serve those who love well. Those who love must hear, see or read and find the context and the meaning of what is being said. Since O'reilly has on many occasions affairmed his support for the unborn and he is used to thinking in political terms where politicians hang their hat on the letter of the law, I will give him a pass on this one.

  4. Kel
    4 years ago

    @ Andy "War on Terror", "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Liberation" these terms were used to justify genocide. I did not know hypocrisy was one of the teachings of Christ. How can so many Catholics claim to be pro life and still support the same political party who every time they are in power must engage in some kind of military conflict which undoubtedly results in the loss of life. Oh wait I get it if the people who are being killed aren't American or Christian it is o.k. right. O'Reilly, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and Fox news are liars so what they say should not matter. By the way for those of you who like Beck thought you should know he is Mormon so what does that say about his judgment.

  5. Idaho Pete
    4 years ago

    O'Reilly knows exactly what he is saying and while he is anti-abortion he does sometimes use terms like fetus in a way that is disturbing to the ears of those who are pro-life. Believe it or not, to me, he sometimes uses timid and not forceful language in defense of the pro-life agenda. and on other issues. I find him particularly irritating in what I consider disrespectful is his referring to God the Father always as the "Diety". Does it hurt him to say God or The Father since he claims to be a Catholic? Also he and Fox News seem to be overly sympathetic to the gay agenda and in a sense are actually promoting it. Ann Coulter and Laura Ingram, frequent guests of his, speak in strong terms (whether you like them or not) that leave no doubt that it is basically Church teachings, in regards to abortion and the homosexual agenda, much stronger and clearer than O'Reilly.

  6. Katherine
    4 years ago

    I agree with Ninov on this one. O'Reilly is very vocal and very much on our side when it comes to pro-life issues. He used the wrong term somehow. He is very good about admitting he said something wrong and seems this is one where he would easily admit - "Ya, I shouldn't have used that term" Give him a break. I am grateful he doesn't really waver on the moral issues of abortion.

  7. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    Would Jesus Christ in Mary's womb be considered just a "potential human being?" A Catholic knows the answer. Jesus Christ is truly "man" and truly "God." He is truly "man" in the fullest sense of the word, like us in all things except sin. God He has always been. But He became "man," a human being, at a particular instant in time. When? At the precise moment of His conception, that moment in which Mary said, 'be it done to me according to thy word" --- the Incarnation, the "Eternal Word of God made flesh." The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that this is the "distinctive sign of the Christian faith... the mystery of our religion" CCC 463. Because Jesus in the womb is "fully human," every baby in the womb is also fully a "human being." To use the word "potential" denies that distinctive sign of our faith that is the Incarnation.

  8. Charles Morgan
    4 years ago

    At the core of the Judaic-Christian heritage is a presumption in faviour of innocence. When it comes to the unborn those who are against abortion don't have to do a thing. It is for those who believe in abortion to point to some morally significant stage in development of a fetus before which it is reasonable to say that this is not a human being. If they cannot do that then legally and morally abortion is murder. The issue of 'potential' isn't valid as location doesn't determine status any more than it determines rights. As for O'Reilly is heart is in the right place even if his words aren't, so I'd give him some slack.

  9. Jennifer
    4 years ago

    Chuck, be careful. The child in the womb is alive for about 50 days before the heart begins to beat. The point is the innate value and sanctity of human life from the moment of conception, regardless of heartbeats or brainwaves, etc. The process of growth and development has no bearing on the value of life or the humanity of the child.

  10. Marie
    4 years ago

    I'll give O'Reilly a pass on this. He has a tendency to speak in shorthand, I don't think he meant it the way the author of this article thinks. I am almost sure that when he says "potential human being," what O'Reilly meant was "potential legal person." A difference, yes, but it was a split-second banter between him and Colmes and it was easy to be careless.

    O'Reilly may be the only tv commentator who is decidedly pro-life, and that's good enough for me. Give him a break.

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