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Ginsburg and “Abortion Doctors”


A follow-up to Matt’s second point here:  Justice Ginsburg imagines that Justice Kennedy’s use of “the pejorative label ‘abortion doctor’” reveals his supposed hostility to abortion.  (Never mind his endorsement of a constitutional right to abortion in Casey.)  In fact, “abortion doctor” is a euphemism that pro-abortion groups developed and use as an alternative to the term “abortionist” (a word that earned its stigma and that, as I pointed out here, some abortionists use to describe themselves).  See here for an example of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s use of “abortion doctor”. 


Real doctors don’t deliberately kill human beings in the course of their medical practice.  Indeed, the Hippocratic Oath proscribes abortion.

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