The correct term is indeed 'babies'

Friday, February 18, 2011; 6:35 PM

Letter writer Tony Gorman [Free for All, Feb. 12] chastised The Post for characterizing prenatal surgery patients as "babies" instead of "fetuses."

I understand his indignation. While I was pregnant, I searched desperately at the store for the section of clothes for women accommodating a parasitic womb inhabitant. Oddly, I found only the "maternity" section.

Other events during my pregnancy were puzzling as well - when the doctor found the heartbeat, I convinced myself that it was simply a mass of tissue beating in a rhythmic fashion.

One night, while I was resting on the couch, a little foot-like impression appeared on my belly, from the inside out. I dismissed that; it simply had to be intestinal.

My friends and I enjoyed cupcakes and tea for my "fetus shower"; what a joyous occasion.

Goodness, all during the pregnancy, I just loved my little ba-, I mean, fetus.

Kerry Haslam, Alexandria

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Tony Gorman is entitled to his opinion, but The Post did not "misuse" the word "baby" in its Feb. 10 article "Surgery can help babies with spina bifida." The article merely gave witness to the fact of the humanity of these "fetuses," as he would prefer these unborn babies to be called. "A person is a person, no matter how small," as even Dr. Seuss knew.

The Rev. Frederick J. Close, Washington

The writer is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.


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