Media labeling of Torres baby

<p>When is a baby a baby? Apparently for the media not when in the womb, even if that child is &quot;planned and wanted&quot; as former Clinton Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders was wont of saying. Reporting on the recent birth of Susan Anne Catherine Torres, the daughter of Virginia woman Susan Torres, who suffered a stroke resulting in brain death in May, CBS <i>Early Show</i> correspondents used medical jargon to refer to baby Susan when she was as yet unborn:</p><blockquote><p>CBS<br />The Early Show<br />3 August 2005 (Wednesday)</p><br />Julie Chen, co-host, from Los Angeles studio: &quot;In Virginia, a remarkable delivery, as we noted, a woman who had been brain dead for nearly three months gave birth to a <i><b>baby girl</b></i> on Tuesday. CBS News correspondent Thalia Assuras reports.&quot;<br /><br />Thalia Assuras, narrating taped video, the opening seconds of which were not heard: &quot;...May, the day before Mother's Day, but even in death, the 26-year old gave life again Tuesday by Caesarean section, to one pound thirteen ounce namesake Susan Anne Catherine Torres, a sister for brother Peter.&quot;<br /><br />Jason Torres, husband: &quot;I just hope they see it as the last beautiful act from their mother.&quot;<br /><br />Assuras: &quot;Husband Jason Torres spoke to CBS News in June about his decision to maintain his wife on life support at the Virginia Hospital Center at Arlington, Virginia, <i><b>until the fetus reached viability</b></i>. The minimum of 24 weeks in the womb for survivability was surpassed in July.&quot;</blockquote><p>CBS News isn't alone. The <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/08/02/national/main713549.shtml">Ass... Press</a> and <a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2... (yeah, the same guys who call terrorists &quot;militants&quot;), also insisted on the term fetus to describe baby Susan when she was yet unborn.</p><p /><p><br />
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Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters