Journalists: stop using “anti-abortion” as a descriptor.

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.


About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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2 Responses to Journalists: stop using “anti-abortion” as a descriptor.

  1. Daniel Z says:

    They can’t even get the story straight on the extension of tax breaks for income levels above $250,000 because they kept calling them tax cuts “for the rich” when the rich have income below $250,000 as well and would still benefit from the extended cuts had they only extended them for lower income levels.

    You expect them to get reporting stories on issues pertaining to a woman having control over her own body correctly?

  2. Lemon Gloria says:

    You are so completely right, and put it very clearly. I just wrote a rant about choice yesterday, and used the terms “pro-choice” and “anti-abortion” – and one of my commenters, Miss Dallas, directed me here.

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