Busy today with Observer stuff but had to chime in on this AP story in the Houston Chronicle about right-wing activists who want a more conservative Speaker of the House in Texas–more conservative than Republican Joe Straus–who will stick closer to the party line on (denying) gay and (revoking) abortion rights. It refers to the anti-choice organization “Texas Alliance for Life” as an “anti-abortion group.”
Journalists, take note: “anti-abortion” has no meaning and does not describe a partisan ideology. No one is pro-abortion. Some people want to make it illegal for a woman to decide for herself to have an abortion. Those people are anti-choice. Those who wish for abortion to remain legal are pro-choice, which means they want women to be able to continue decide for themselves if they want or need to have an abortion–not that women should have abortions. Part of your job is to use clear descriptors, and “anti-abortion” describes probably 99.999 percent of the world’s population.