The Associated Press dropped their update in the march toward a “Newspeak” lexicon Tuesday with guidance on the usage of “late-term abortion” that was met with swift blowback.
In previous years, the AP Stylebook, the go-to source for corporate media’s political correctness, has been dragged for steering clear of accurate descriptors like “riot” and “mistress” for softer terms such as “unrest” and “friend.” Now that Democrats have maintained abortion access as one of the key planks of their party platform since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, late-term abortion was not only deemed taboo, it was treated as a myth.
“Do not use the term ‘late-term abortion.’ The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines late term as 41 weeks through 41 weeks and 6 days of gestation, and abortion does not happen in this period,” the organization tweeted out Tuesday with a link to their online guide.
“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,” the post continued. “Be specific when possible: abortions after XX weeks when XX is known in the context of the specific story.”
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.
Our AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide: https://t.co/fYLkYTcEsL
— APStylebook (@APStylebook) December 6, 2022
Before considering the Orwellian take on how best to describe the termination of an unborn child, it’s worth remembering that earlier this year, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D), who won reelection in November, signed the Reproductive Health Equity Act into law allowing for on-demand abortion up to the moment of birth in his state.
Moving from one denial to another, AP Stylebook chose not to be burdened by biological facts earlier this year when it issued guidance on the usage of the term “pregnant people” in place of “women” so as not to misconstrue anyone’s preferred gender identities.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 6, 2022
As word spread of the latest effort at watering-down reality, social media users reacted with disdain for the AP, with one stating, “‘Late-term abortion’ is too aggressive a way to describe stabbing a viable unborn baby in the heart with a needle containing potassium chloride & delivering its lifeless corpse. The absolute ghouls populating our elite class traffic in euphemism because they have nothing else.”
Meanwhile, others chimed in to call out the genuine atrocity in the practice of abortion.
The result of a ‘successful’ abortion is a dead baby…no matter if it is done early or late in pregnancy.
— Jeff Withrow (@stl_catholic) December 6, 2022
Call it crushing a baby's skull and tearing it limb from limb. https://t.co/AMco61twdv
— Free Ross Woodworking (@FreeRossWoodWrk) December 6, 2022
Further criticism of the guidance from the AP was presented by the pro-life website Lifenews.com when they shone a light on the partisanship of the organization’s source, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), for being a pro-abortion group.
“ACOG is a pro-abortion group. As a supposedly unbiased news source you shouldn’t rely on partisan groups to determine your terminology,” they tweeted before later providing a link to a story they had written about an exodus of doctors from the organization for its “malevolent culture.”
ACOG is a pro-abortion group. As a supposedly unbiased news source you shouldn’t rely on partisan groups to determine your terminology.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) December 6, 2022
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