TV Ads Approved for Abortion Clinics

British broadcasting committee OKs the commercials
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2012 2:16 PM CST
British broadcasters have approved television ads for private abortion clinics.   (Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

(Newser) – Britain's broadcast advertising body has given the go-ahead for private abortion clinics to advertise their services on television, angering those who say that the move desensitizes the public to the practice. The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice said yesterday there was no justification for barring private clinics that offer post-pregnancy services, including abortions, from advertising on television.

Nonprofit post-pregnancy services are already allowed to advertise on television, and their for-profit counterparts are allowed to advertise in all other media. The organization's spokesman, Matt Wilson, said that "there is not going to be some sort of free-for-all saying: 'Come to us to get an abortion.'" Conservative lawmaker Nadine Dories said the move would allow broadcasters to make a profit "through advertising revenue off the back of a service which ends life. It's appalling." (Read more abortion stories.)

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