Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Etymology: Abortion IS Genocide
An examination of the appearances in English of the Greek root, genos, or the identical root in Latin, “gen” is insightful. Generation (and generate), genetics, genesis, engender, generous, generic, progeny—all of these strongly suggest that Greek/Latin meanings are not limited to “race” or “nation” (in which case the Greek word ethnos as in “ethnocide” would be more fitting), but actually may be closer to “origin,” or “creation,” or “beginnings,” or “descendents.” The National Geographic Society documentary, In the Womb, says that “fetus” means "offspring," and most online dictionaries agree. Progeny, with the root “gen” also means “offspring” in which case the term “genocide” applies EXACTLY to the killing of humans in their earliest stages of life.