The guide advises journalists to use terms “abortion rights” and “anti-abortion” rather than ones like “pro-choice” or “pro-abortion.”
The term “abortionist” is now verboten, as is “late term abortion.”
“Fetal heartbeat” and “six-week abortion bans” are also to be stayed away from, since pro-abortion people are now arguing about what constitutes a fetal heartbeat and whether it is really present at six weeks.
“Broad and misleading”
“The terms are overly broad and misleading given the disagreement over details, such as what constitutes a heartbeat at varying gestational ages,” the topical guide reads.
“Advanced technology can detect a flickering as early as six weeks, when the embryo isn’t yet a fetus, and it has only begun forming a rudimentary heart. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG] says it is not accurate to call that a heartbeat. Use the term cardiac activity instead,” the guide continues.
The guidelines conform to views held by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG] and possibly NARAL Pro-Choice America, which has previously complained that journalists did not cover abortion favorably enough.
“The Associated Press is gaslighting as policy in joining the pretense that changing definitions changes facts” and is “putting pro-abortion politics over facts, to weaponize discourse,” Kristi Hamrick of Students for Life of America told Breitbart.
“Despite what the heartless misinformation team at the AP says, ALL heartbeats involve an electrical impulse, putting all of humankind in the same category, born or pre-born,” Hamrick continued.
The goal of these guideline changes is obvious–to remove all ideas that view abortion negatively.
In fact, many journalists are already using this kind of language or even avoiding the word “abortion” at all.
After Roe V. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, many journalists referred to abortion rights as “reproductive rights,” because, who could argue with supporting women’s rights to reproduce?
But the term actually means the right to stop reproduction by killing the products of that reproduction before they get a chance to live.
It’s truths like these that the AP wants to obstruct, and mainstream journalists will be more than happy to go along with their “guidelines,” because journalists don’t care about truth anymore–only the left’s radical agenda.