For Immediate Release: February 6, 2023
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Beware the Media’s Subtle War of Words Against Pro-Life Causes
Washington, D.C.: “The Associated Press has often been at the forefront of the word-based culture war, using their platform for establishing writing and style ‘standards’ across all of journalism,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “The AP’s narrative shifts have often embraced some politically correct goal, but now they are taking an outright aggressive stance against opponents of abortion.”
Martin continued, “The Associate Press is simply running interference for Planned Parenthood now. As of December, the AP’s new ‘style’ (read: agenda) guidelines on abortion includes the demand to use quotation marks around the phrase crisis pregnancy center, or simply dispense with that language altogether, favoring ‘anti-abortion center’ instead.
“The term ‘fetal heartbeat’ is now discouraged, because they don’t want to admit that this has to do with a baby and a heartbeat, nor do they want to recognize the huge surge of support that comes for the Heartbeat Bills offered in state legislatures across the nation.”
“The AP Guide also now discourages the use of such terms as ‘late-term’ or ‘pain-capable’ — which are very polarizing phrases that have moved folks toward the position favoring life!” Martin continued. “The left and their wordsmith minions at the AP are hot on the trail of silencing all the efforts of the right.
“It’s truly despicable what is happening. The AP Style Guide serves as one of the biggest tools for writers on both the left and right alike. This continuing attack into the standard of words and language must be met and resisted with all force.”