The Washington Post

A proponent of ‘proponent’


In a July 9 Free for All letter about a man who climbed the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, “Attention-seeker gets just that,” the photo caption described him as an “abortion rights protester.” This implies someone who is protesting abortion rights. But other reports made it clear that he was advocating for abortion rights.

The Post has used this term in this context before, and it is misleading. Please use language that avoids this confusion, as other news sources have. “Abortion rights proponent” and “abortion rights supporter” are a couple of examples.

Tim Kelly, Springfiel­d

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