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It's not just "churches" and "Catholic Diocese officials" who point to the link between Planned Parenthood and the diminishing numbers of African-Americans. Plenty of black intellectuals have been saying the same thing for years. i.e. (Samuel Yette, "The Choice: the Issue of Black Survival in America", 1971.) You'll have a hard time finding a copy but it's possible. He was fired from his job as a reporter for writing it. So maybe you're smart to leave it alone, after all. Just blame the "churches" and Catholics. Much safer.
People exert a lot of psychic energy trying not to know what it means.
Re: the AP guidelines
But they aren't referred to as "anti-life" or "anti" anything are they?
The most direct equivalence would be:
Pro-life, Anti-lifePro-abortion, Anti-abortion.
But I don't think we will be seeing that in the manual anytime soon because it calls attention to the fact that abortion ends a life, and that's too much truth for breakfast reading.
The guidelines have been used to reinforce a stereotype of pro-life people as negative, arbitrarily disruptive individuals. Dawn Eden of NYC was fired (several years ago) from the Post for writing a too-balanced story involving pro-life and pro-abortion advocates. She was fired for being too fair, in other words, and failed to portray them (pro-life advocates) as negatively as her editor required.
Is having a manual a sign reporters aren't really allowed to negotiate controversial matters unchaperoned? Controlling language in this fashion is controlling minds, not to mention careers.
I think the (unspoken) premise of this article is that abortion (surgical,chemical, or referring for same) is beyond scrutiny as a matter of morality and the common good. It certainly is not and never will be. Framing the article the way it was done resulted in a condescending view of those of us who are concerned about the abortion numbers in the country and in the local community. As a resident of East Knoxville, I am happy to stand with my colleagues, Rev. Clark, Lisa, Paul and all the others who give their time and goodwill to the Cherry Street vigil every Friday. I am grateful that some people are encouraged by seeing us there. And since you bring up the word "prey" in the subtitle of your article, how about doing an article on a money-making enterprise that preys on poverty, despair and desperation? Or coercion, predators and non-reporting?
I am pleased to see this beautiful building erected in the midst of so much commercialism. It is no easy task to shepherd a project like this. There is always criticism.
At a dinner some time before the death of Jesus, some of those present, including Judas, objected to the "waste" of the costly perfume lavished on Jesus by the woman of Bethany. But Jesus defended the woman's actions as good and timely,and he was certainly not indifferent to the poor. (Matthew 26). I think the story applies here, too.