They say putting a face on a story makes it easier to relate to, but that’s not possible if you’re talking about abortion because millions of unborn babies never get to see the light of day.

That’s the whole idea of latching on to a disingenuous term such as “pro-choice.” It sounds so democratic that you almost don’t realize the choice being considered is whether an emerging life can be tossed out like trash if its arrival would be inconvenient for those who have no desire to be parents.

Deemed disposable, that life is then labeled a fetus, a nonjudgmental word intended to make guilt evaporate. Japanese soldiers used a similar ploy while barbarically torturing captured GIs in World War II, referring to their victims as logs.

A log does not suggest humanity, neither does a fetus.

It brings to mind TV’s fictional J.R. Ewing, the “Dallas” scoundrel who reasoned that once you get past conscience the rest is easy.

Every so often, however, common decency is jarred by common sense, such as cases we’ve seen here in which the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman results in two charges of homicide. The first is readily understood. But the second? Are we now to believe the fetus was really a baby after all?

It’s one thing to offend our sensibilities and another to insult our intelligence, which the pro-abortion crowd has been doing with impunity since 1973, when Roe v. Wade legalized this wanton slaughter of the unborn.

It’s still hard to believe the law of the land finds unwanted lives expendable.

But now Donald Trump is in a position to fill a Supreme Court vacancy as well as to review the federal funding of abortion mills run by Planned Parenthood.

That’s why thousands of conscientious Americans, including 800 from the Archdiocese of Boston, packed Washington’s National Mall three days ago, letting the new administration know it’s time we returned to our senses.

We’re the country that unequivocally declared all Americans were “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” including a right to life. Remember?

There was nothing ambiguous about that, certainly no caveat exempting babies who might be regarded as a nuisance.

Yet to underscore the perceived worthlessness of an unborn baby conceived outside of marriage, some would even call that child illegitimate.

No. That child, formed in the womb by its Creator, is quite legitimate.

It’s been much, much too long since America took a moral inventory on this explosive issue, which is what made that Washington rally so noteworthy.

Our shameful silence needs to end.

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