The AP Stylebook and how the abortion issue is described

By Dave Andrusko

Let me offer just a few words about a couple of posts I’ve seen online regarding the Associated Press’ influential stylebook and the abortion issue.

If I understand the criticism it is that the new AP Stylebook has changed “pro-life” to “anti-abortion” and “pro-abortion” (or “pro-choice”) to “abortion rights.”

First things first. Clearly the change is a huge tactical and rhetorical advantage for pro-abortionists.

We become nothing more than being against abortion (odd when you consider that we oppose infanticide and assisted suicide/euthanasia with equal fervor) while our opposition number is in favor of “rights.”

Who can be against “rights” unless, of course, you are talking about the unborn child’s right to life.

But the change was not made in 2017; it was before then. If I had more time, I could track down how far back AP made the switch. The damage is real, it is just not newly inflicted.

One other abortion-related wordage (again I don’t know when the admonition was offered). “Avoid abortionist, which connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions.”

Really? The other side loves “abortion doctor.”

Just as the AP believes “abortionist” connotes “clandestine” (presumably as in illegal), so, too, “doctor” (as in abortion doctor) connotes that when they slice and tear and rip helpless babies they are practicing real medicine.

Not to me.