AP’s War on Plain English: Don’t Use the Term ‘Late-Term Abortion’

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The Associated Press sells itself to news clients with the motto “Advancing the Power of Facts.” But the AP Stylebook — which instructs reporters on which terms to use or not use — has grown increasingly counter-factual. In July, the AP Stylebook commissars bowed to the transgender lobby: “A person’s sex and gender are usually assigned at birth by parents or attendants and can turn out to be inaccurate.” Don’t look at an actual human body. Feelings trump facts. 

On Tuesday, in a bow to the abortion industry, AP is suggesting that having an abortion late in pregnancy should not be described as a late-term abortion. 

How on earth does a “late-term abortion” start at 41 weeks? Most would think of it as a third-trimester abortion, or as a post-viability abortion. 

The pro-life website LifeNews.org criticized AP for relying on an activist source. “ACOG is a pro-abortion group. As a supposedly unbiased news source you shouldn’t rely on partisan groups to determine your terminology,” it tweeted in reply. They added: “Thousands of doctors have left ACOG because it has become an abortion advocacy group. It lost its prestige years ago.”

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But AP lingo and Planned Parenthood’s wishes seem linked. The AP Stylebook account also tweeted: “Instead, use the term ‘abortion later in pregnancy’ if a general term is needed, but be aware that there are varying definitions of the time period involved. Be specific when possible.” 

An AP story on Tuesday by Amanda Seitz and Colleen Long demonstrated AP’s linguistic tilt, starting with the headline “Biden’s efforts to protect abortion access hit roadblocks“.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even as it bumps up against a complex web of strict new state laws enacted in the months after the Supreme Court stripped the constitutional right.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June, roughly half the states have some type of abortion restrictions in place, with at least 11 states essentially banning the procedure.

Administration officials are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday with state lawmakers ahead of their 2023 sessions, including in states with more extreme bans on the table, and will discuss safeguarding rights and helping women access care as top issues

The Left — never identified by ideology — offers “protections” and “care,” and the people trying to save unborn babies are “strict” “strippers” of “rights” with their “restrictions” and “extreme bans.”

The AP duo even used the term “life-saving abortions,” which is much more ridiculous than “late-term abortions”: 

HHS might look to wield its power around federal protections for health care providers, life-saving abortions, abortion pills and travel for women in abortion-restricted states, she [Kathleen Sebelius] said.

There is not one single pro-life source in this badly disguised AP editorial. It’s loaded with Democrats and abortion advocates, who are called “women’s rights advocates.”

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