Doctor: Don’t Call Them ‘Baby Parts,’ Call Them ‘Products of Conception’

A pro-choice doctor is challenging the term “baby parts” to describe fetal tissue and organs, arguing that they should be referred to as “products of conception.”

In a Thursday article for the New Republic, Dr. Jen Gunter, a California-based OB/GYN, took issue with the use of “baby parts” by pro-life groups following the Center for Medical Progress’s release of videos with Planned Parenthood doctors discussing fetal-tissue donation.

In press releases, the center has routinely referred to the fetal hearts, livers and lungs donated for medical research after abortions as “baby parts,” but Dr. Gunter argued that the term is “medically incorrect.”

“These are not ‘baby parts.’ Whether a woman has a miscarriage or an abortion, the tissue specimen is called ‘products of conception,’” she said.

Dr. Gunter said the term “baby” is “medically incorrect as it doesn’t apply until birth.”