Then again, perhaps it is a concession to reality, to the words that people use in real life. This is not politics. It is a matter of simple humanity. Faced with this kind of tragedy, loved ones and public servants do not tell journalists "we lost a fetus."
No, they lost the baby. They lost a child, an "unborn child." It is awkward or even cruel to say anything else.
TMatt, from the blog "Get Religion" (Ghost in the stylebook: Death of an unborn child).