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From NPR:


As we’ve covered the new abortion law in Georgia and legislation in Alabama, we’ve followed long-standing guidance very well. Thank you to all involved.

For those new to the subject, that guidance about abortion and related topics is collected in our Intranet “radio” style guide. We’ll attach it below.

One thing to keep in mind about this law and others like it: Proponents refer to it as a “fetal heartbeat” law. That is their term. It needs to be attributed to them if used and put in quotation marks if printed. We should not simply say the laws are about when a “fetal heartbeat” is detected. As we’ve reported, heartbeat activity can be detected “about six weeks into a pregnancy.” That’s at least a few weeks before an embryo is a fetus.

Here is the long-standing guidance:

ABORTION PROCEDURES & TERMINOLOGY: Use the term intact dilation and extraction to describe the procedure, or a procedure known medically as intact dilation and extraction; opponents call it partial-birth abortion. On the latter, it is necessary to point out that the term partial-birth is used by those opposed to the procedure; simply using the phrase so-called partial birth abortion is not sufficient without explaining who’s calling it that. Partial-birth is not a medical term and has no exact parallel in medical terminology; intact dilation and extraction is the closest description. Also, it is not correct to call these procedures RARE — it is not known how often they are performed. Nor is it accurate to use the phrase LATE TERM ABORTION. Though we initially believed this term carried less ideological baggage when compared with partial-birth, it still conveys the sense that the fetus is viable when the abortion is performed. It gives the impression that the abortion takes place in the 8th or 9th month. In fact, the procedure called intact dilation and extraction is performed most often in the 5th or 6th month — the second trimester — and the second trimester is not considered “late” pregnancy. Thus “late term” is not appropriate. As an alternative, call it a certain procedure performed after the first trimester of pregnancy and, subsequently, the procedure…. Also note:

NPR doesn’t use the term “abortion clinics.” We say instead, “medical or health clinics that perform abortions.” The point is to not to use abortion before the word clinic. The clinics perform other procedures and not just abortions.

Do not refer to murdered Dr George Tiller as an “Abortion Doctor.” Instead we should say Tiller operated a clinic where abortions are performed. We can also make reference to the fact that Tiller was a doctor who performed late abortions.

Here’s some additional guidance from Joe Neel, regarding the Unborn Victims of Violence Act:

The term “unborn” implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They’re fetuses. Incorrectly calling a fetus a “baby” or “the unborn” is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion. Use “unborn” only when referring to the title of the bill (and after President Bush signs it, the Unborn Victims of Violence Law). Or qualify the use of “unborn” by saying “what anti-abortion groups call the ‘unborn’ victims of violence.” The most neutral language to refer to the death of a fetus during a crime is “fetal homicide.”


On the air, we should use “abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s)” and “abortion rights opponent(s)” or derivations thereof (for example: “advocates of abortion rights”). It is acceptable to use the phrase “anti-abortion rights,” but do not use the term “pro-abortion rights”. Digital News will continue to use the AP style book for online content, which mirrors the revised NPR policy. Do not use “pro-life” and “pro-choice” in copy except when used in the name of a group. Of course, when the terms are used in an actuality they should remain.

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  1. As if we needed more proof, Orwell also wrote “Politics are essentially coercion and deceit.”

    It’s nothing more than left-wing propaganda. Defund NPR.

  2. To the NPR authors; I will be all to happy to insert the extremity of the leg below the ankle, on which a person stands or walks, covered by dried animal skin and worn over said extremity, into your sorrowful and pitiful opening at lower end of your rectum so your thoughts might become truthful and what spills out of your mouth is not excrement. All of this at no charge.

  3. Phil, Strong message to follow? Perhaps something re: Et vita erat lux hominem, et lux in tenebris lucet, et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt . . and where the sun don’t shine?


  4. “……..and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

    Thanks Guy.
    You truly hit this on the head.

    I just finished up at the RTL office.
    140 golfers. Praise God. You must of been busy…talking with Our Lord.

    I’m making copies of your American Address for those who wish to take one home.
    Sunny and 70 coming up by 1pm.
    Tiger who?

  5. Every school needs to show its students, in their final year of schooling, “The Silent Scream” by Bernard Nathanson. We were made to watch it at school and it had a huge impact on us as older teenagers on the cusp of adulthood. It’s an old one but it contains footage from an ultrasound of a baby whilst it is being killed. You can’t deny the horror of what abortion is. It’s a powerful way to dispel any “euphemisms” this disgusting industry is trying to use to justify its activities.

  6. As the article states the press has generally refused to call pro-life groups by their chosen identifier, they use the term anti-abortion. This is the same press that lectures us about the use of trans pronoun identifiers.

  7. Ezabelle.

    Add Unplanned to your pick for HS senior’s. Abby’s idea of helping young girls certainly changed when she finally realized that she was helping to end a life with brutal force and violence.

    To wordsmith the atrocity of abortion is plain cowardly. When we stand to give an account of our days on earth we will not be able to sugarcoat or whitewash our less than favorable moments to the Creator of Life.

    Did you love your neighbors?
    NPR……did you love or destroy the public you so proudly proclaim that you serve?

    The neighbors in the wombs count too.

  8. NPR needs the Buford Pusser treatment….if an oak ax handle isn’t available, a crowbar will suffice.

    Babies aren’t babies until they are born…..this is doublespeak straight out of Mein Kampf and Hitler describing the Jews and Slavs (Margaret Sanger would approve).

  9. I remember the first time I was aware of how deceptive words were used to mislead people especially those who were young and malleable as I was in the sixties. The phrase “Make Love Not War” was everywhere to be seen. Young people would use it all the time especially anti-Vietnam war activists as if they held the moral high ground. It sounded good to kids and they didn’t put anymore thought into it beyond the “Make Love” part. Of course who could fault anyone being against war since war was killing and against God’s commandment. Basically we were called to commit adultery or fornication instead of killing. Very few seem to question this phrase.

  10. Tax money should not be used to pay lying liars to lie to advance the counterproductive progressive narrative.

  11. Phillip, Yes Unplanned! Both these films are from medical professionals who were once in the industry. It’s as real and honest as you’re going to get.

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