I find it interesting that very few people ever refer to the correct stage of development.
During the first few weeks, it isn't even a fetus yet - it is an embryo. But no one, not even abortion rights people, ever refer to the embryo state - they all go straight to the fetus stage.
Now - WHY do people call a fetus a baby - It IS an emotional response when people call their "fetus" a "baby". It is because the people who WANT the BABY never see it as anything other than a baby. Even when a natural miscarriage happens early in pregnancy - they don't say "I lost the fetus". They say "I lost the baby".
It is also awkward to talk about the pregnancy in terms of "fetus". You NEVER hear a woman say "the fetus was fine at my eight week exam even though it is still a "fetus" at eight weeks. She is already looking ahead to the final stage of actually having that baby.
It is the people who don't want the baby that can make the comments about "it is just a fetus" or it was just the "embryo". And sure, at that stage in development, it could not survive out side of the womb. BUT THAT IS THE NATURAL ORDER OF DEVELOPMENT. That is how nature made the reproductive system work.
One last thing - when left alone to develop naturally - at what point will the human fetus NOT develop into a human baby?...........you can't answer that one any better than anyone else has failed to not have an emotional response to this question.
@ Illuminati - you can come here and comment "loser" all you want to. Calling a fetus a baby IS an EMOTIONAL response for anyone who actually loves children and wants the baby they are carrying.
@ Illuminati - there is NO POINT during the human pregnancy that the development will become anything besides a human baby - that IS a FACT. Therefore, a fetus becomes a baby in the same way a baby becomes a toddler, then a child, then a teen and then an adult. If you want to start arguing this point - then you could justify terminating a child because they aren't an adult yet.