Abortionists, you know, hide behind euphemisms. They would never say, “Kill your unborn baby.” Rather its “investigate your medical options,” “dispose of the products of conception,” “terminate the pregnancy,” and “exercise your freedom of choice.”

I recently read a chilling story about a hypothetical organization which would, for a fee, enable parents to do away with their unwanted child, up to age 9, or, as they so nicely phrased it, “Terminate the latent maturity of a youngling.”

A woman, they said, should have the freedom to determine what is to be done with the products of her body. Should she come to the agonizing decision that the youngling was not of the desired quality, was not developing satisfactorily, or was a career impediment, the Reproductive Control Association would neatly and discretely dispatch the youngling and even arrange for its personal belongings to be removed and the room redecorated and turned into a hobby center.

It was said that some ex-parents experienced a period in which they might have nightmares or imagine they heard a muffled sob, but they would soon adjust and could proceed through life unencumbered.

When some fundamentalist groups complained about the activities of the association, using loaded words like “murder,” they were simply reminded that they had to be tolerant of the life choices of others and not try to impose their own religious beliefs on everybody. Political officials seemed reluctant to take a public position, one of them commenting that while he personally opposed youngling termination, he felt it a matter of individual choice in a pluralistic society. He said, “Only a Jerry Falwell would confuse child abuse and youngling termination.” These younglings were unwanted and best terminated lest they later suffer harm or neglect.

The Catholic Church was roundly criticized for its opposition to the program as it was stated that no one was forced to terminate the potential maturity of a youngling if that was against his or her principles. A member of another mainline religious group preached that youngling termination should only be for a grave reason and one must empathize with the pain and trauma experienced by parents contemplating such a choice. “These are sincere and caring people,” he said.

Does it sound far-fetched? The language, the arguments are the same. Only the age has been moved up. Think about it.

I have not been able to locate a copy of the original story which was written by Professor John Dunsford and called: “A Youngling Sole: A Short Story” in To Rescue The Future 169 (1983).