"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. "It means just what I choose it
to mean - neither more or less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is master - that's all."
Common usage of words is no longer the master. In such a world it is important to reclaim the meaning of words before they have no meaning at all. But too often they pass by us without comment.
Ann Furedi, head of the pro-abortion British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said in a debate last year "There is nothing magical about passing through the birth canal that transforms it from a fetus into a person." If one accepts her definition of "fetus", who knows that the definition of "baby" becomes, for it is in the actual process of birth that the fetus becomes a baby. Such redefinitions place us on a slippery slope as to the impact of meanings. "Pro-choice" has come to mean "anti-choice" as most of its advocates adamantly oppose allowing mothers-to-be to have all available options before them.
The biggest battle going on today is over the definition of the freedom of religion which is protected in the Bill or Rights. Some have attempted to make the statement plural, allowing for freedom of religions. This changes the meaning of freedom of religion to "I have the freedom to be a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Buddhist, etc." It takes the concept of pro-choice in its true meaning, the ability to choose among competing options.