The Merriam-Webster Dictionary now officially sports a new term, one to be used to describe the first few months of a newborn’s life. The term is “fourth trimester,” which it claims is warranted as during this time the newborn is “more fetus-like than baby-like.”
The iconic dictionary company issued a press release stating, “the fourth trimester is the first three to four months of a baby’s life after birth. The word ‘trimester’ implies that the baby is still a fetus…and that’s on purpose! A newborn’s brain and nervous system are not fully developed at birth, making them more fetus-like than baby-like.”
Ahh, I get it. This will make proponents of late term and even “after-birth” abortions feel better about themselves. They aren’t really killing babies, just dispensing with fetuses. Nothing more than non-viable tissue masses, really. No big whoop.
According to the press release, the term was originally coined by pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp. It noted, “He found that, thanks to evolutionary changes, human babies are born about three months before they’re technically ‘ready.’ In fact, they had to be born three months early because a baby’s developing brain and skull have gotten so big by the end of the third trimester that they can barely safely fit through the birth canal.”
Odd that after all this time mother nature couldn’t figure out that babies weren’t ready to be born yet. An enlightened person would think that after tens of thousands of years evolution would have either slowed down the growth of the fetuses’ brains and skulls or enlarged mothers’ vaginal openings.
Unless it was best for babies to have a greater brain capacity and mothers to actually care for them instead of abort them.
If “progressives’” desire to destigmatize abortion—and after-birth abortion (a.k.a. murder)-- continues unabated, at some point certain pro-choice folks should get concerned for their own viability. Vice-President Kamala Harris could be considered to be in her “175th-trimester,” but Greta Thunberg is only in her “61st-trimester,” for example.
Look for Merriam-Webster to add the terms “third-half” and “fifth-quarter” soon, as well.