Washington Post reporter Anita Kumar, by her own admission, promoted the language conservatives use to describe late-term abortions in her article about Creigh Deeds’ and Bob McDonnell’s legislative records.
McDonnell supported bills that banned a procedure some of its opponents refer to as partial-birth abortion, required minors to obtain parental consent before getting an abortion and mandated a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking one.
So after admitting that the terminology is the language conservatives want her to use, Kumar writes in the very next paragraph.
Deeds supported bills that required parents to be notified if their child was seeking an abortion but not bills that required parental consent or a waiting period. He voted for a ban on partial-birth abortion but later changed his mind because he said he worried that the bills were unconstitutional.
A neutral description would be a “late-term abortion” or “an abortion in the final three months of a pregnancy” and “the later abortions” on second reference.
You see this with other right-wing propaganda that reporters adopt, death taxes being the one that first comes to mind.
The question for Kumar is, why, after admitting it’s the term right-wingers want, she decided to use it instead of a more neutral term?