Oops! The PC censors let a revealing headline slip through.

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 23, 2016

Notice anything interesting about this headline in the (online version of the) Washington Post?

Justices to hear abortion-related case that focuses not on fetus but on mother

Did you see it? If not, try again, with the opening sentence of the full article:

When the Supreme Court meets next week to hear its first abortion-related case in nearly a decade, the justices will consider the most significant challenge to an argument that has become central to the antiabortion cause: that abortion hurts not just a fetus but also its mother.

Give up? OK; what jumped out at me was the use of the word “mother.” A quick check in several dictionaries produced the same primary definition; a mother is a “female parent.” That is, a woman who has had a child. Not a blob of tissue; a child.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 23, 2016 12:46 PM ET USA

    Great catch! But they will blame the oppressive patriarchal system for the "antichoice" lingo, and create some Newspeak terms for use in the future.