One of the most interesting things about the abortion pill story is that it actually uses the term “abortion pill” — as opposed to “emergency contraception” or somesuch. I haven’t done a careful analysis of this, but I suspect that the media often doesn’t use this terminology, which of course is both accurate and concise.
It is accurate and concise in reference to RU-486, the drug discussed in that story, because RU-486 is, in fact. an abortion pill—and I very much doubt you’ll find people referring to it as “emergency contraception.” The term is not at all accurate with respect to actual “emergency contraception,” which is a different sort of drug, because emergency contraception does not cause abortion. It may in some cases prevent a fertilized ova from implanting in the uterine wall, but there’s no pregnancy until implantation. If some folk want to use the term “abortion” to refer to that, or to masturbation, or to anything else outside the ambit of the actual medical definition, well, that’s their prerogative, but it seems a bit churlish to get irked that reporters (and the rest of us) don’t share their idiosyncracies on this point. More to the point, if you’re going to take a shot at “biased” media use of terminology, it seems like a good idea to have some grasp of the terminology yourself. And if you’re going to opine about contraceptive or abortifacient medication, it similarly seems like a good idea to… well, have some vague notion of what you’re talking about.