I will not comment on the statements by the ever-pious Dr Lao Mong Hay regarding
his feelings on Buddhism as a state religion, the abortion law, and the "need
to restore moral and ethical values" in Cambodia.
I would, however, like to point out his mistake in asserting that there is "no
word for 'fetus'" in the Khmer language, and that the term "human infant"
is used instead. Dr Lao then continues to make the extrapolation that since this
is a "Cambodian conception", "this is a term of life" and therefore
"abortion is a violation of human rights".
The word for "fetus" is Khmer is "koa", which is a Sanskrit word
meaning "embryo" or "fetus". While this word is not always used
in everyday conversation, it does exist.
- Jason Roberts, United States.