Abortion access in Canada, from most to least.
Beige: Fully-funded by provincial government.
Yellow: Partial funding for private clinics.
Grey: No funding for for private clinics
Green: No clinic or hospital providing abortion services in the province or territory .
Yesterday I was discussing miscarriage with my doctor who was filling out a form required for us to adopt a kid -- a project that's been going on for years and not likely to produce anything for quite awhile.
I speak to my doctor primarily in French and I didn't actually know the word for miscarriage so I asked. He responded with avortement spontané (spontaneous abortion).
Another more euphemistic term in French is fausse couche. One site translates this from Middle French right back to spontaneous abortion.
Fausse couche, avortement spontané.If I non-scientifically use Google to track usage frequency in the two languages between avortement vs fausse couche and spontaneous abortion vs miscarriage. Like French, spontaneous abortion is an acceptable (see picture caption), if not the clinical, description.
Take a look at these non-scientific Google results.
avortement spontané: About 1,720,000 results
fausse couche: About 1,720,000 results
spontaneous abortion: About 1,320,000 results
miscarriage: About 5,310,000 results
In French, there doesn't seem to be much of a bias of usage. Both terms are just as widely employed and one seems to be closely linked with the other.In English, we seem to have an odd bias towards using the euphemistic miscarriage term rather than the dirty abortion word.
I wonder if, in French, God is just as likely to cause a spontaneous abortion as a miscarriage? In English it seems like only women have abortions -- and if you're a Republican you might believe many are indeed 'spontaneous' -- while God simply lets miscarriages (not abortions!) occur.
And who's doing the carrying anyway? Well, the woman, of course. So who's ultimately responsible for the miscarriage? Probably not God, right? Probably the woman mis-carried. Maybe she did something wrong with her woman body that caused this?
Language is an interesting this, isn't it?