40 Days for Life

Covering events that are politically motivated is not easy, but covering events that are politically motivated and involve the church you've been brought up in for years are arguably harder.

I covered an anti-abortion rally at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church on Wednesday. The event was called 40 Days for Life, which works to end abortion in America.

The campaign involves prayer and fasting for 40 days and also features a rally at the church and candlelight vigil at Planned Parenthood.

Recently, Columbia Planned Parenthood lost the doctor that provides abortions and is currently not providing abortion services at their clinic. The participants in 40 Days for Life took this as a victory in their fight against abortion, although Planned Parenthood is currently seeking a new doctor to perform abortions.

Now, I am a Catholic. I won't disclose my opinions regarding abortion or birth control or any other Catholic politics, but it was weird being in a place that I am involved in and covering it from the outside. When people were looking at me oddly, I wanted to shout, "I'm one of you! Hail to Mary!" but y'know, that just would've been weird.

Also, it is interesting to note that AP style for issues of abortion are different than how people typically refer to stances on the issue. The AP style states, "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice. Avoid abortionist, which connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions."

I have always thought that entry was interesting. Now, the paper I work for, The Maneater, has an even different style for this issue. It states, "Do not use 'pro-choice' or 'pro-life' because there is no 'anti-choice' or 'pro-death." It goes on further to say, "Instead, use 'abortion-rights opponent' or 'abortion-right advocate.'"

I think it's interesting that such a hot-topic issue can even affect the way we write about it.

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