On Wednesday, following Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement of an executive order pledging to use $10 million taxpayer dollars to erect a new abortion facility in Las Cruces, pro-abortion groups issued what is being called an “Orwellian” press kit denying basic facts and promoting abortion misinformation.
In the kit shared by the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Daniel Chacón, the groups list what they brand as “political terms” versus “accurate terms,” claiming terms have become “stigmatized” to oppose abortion.
The guide claims “abortion clinic” must now be called “health center,” pro-lifers be branded “anti-abortion individuals,” pro-abortion supporters be branded “pro-abortion rights” and “pro-reproductive health care,” abortionists be deemed “health care providers,” “women” now be called “patients,” “individuals,” and “people,” and “late-term abortion” now be branded “abortion later in pregnancy.”
The pro-abortion press kit says regarding nixing the word “woman,” “Women are not the only people who become pregnant and/or seek abortion care. People of all genders, including non-binary individuals also seek abortion care.” Science does not back this up. Only women can become pregnant and have children.
The abortion kit also defended full-term abortion, claiming that the terms “abortion up until birth” and “infanticide are terms pushed by anti-abortion organizations in order to scare people and stigmatize reproductive health care. ‘Abortion up until birth’ simply does not occur.”
This is easily fact-checkable as blatantly false. A U.S. Congressional report found in 2016 that babies in New Mexico were, indeed, aborted up until birth and even killed after birth, making “infanticide” an absolutely appropriate term.
The Republican Party of New Mexico responded to the new press kit, writing, “Look at this: This Orwellian ‘newspeak’ guide was given to media reporters in NM to make sure they use words that sway the narrative. Women are replaced by ‘people,’ late-term abortion is now ‘abortion later in pregnancy,’ and pro-life is replaced with ‘anti-abortion.’”
Will Reinert of the Republican Governors Association noted that Lujan Grisham “now dictates how reporters write about her taxpayer funded abortion clinic to make it more politically palatable.”
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article reported based on other reports that the press guide came from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. It actually came from MLG’s pro-abortion allies.