Ads For Abortion Advisers To Air In U.k.
In an apparent effort to halt the rising number of teenage pregnancies in Britain, the country's official Broadcasting Committee on Advertising Practice, announced Wednesday that it will allow pregnancy advisory services -- who often direct clients to abortion clinics -- to advertise on the country's commercial channels, including ITV, Channel 4, and Sky. Clinics that do not offer abortions will have to disclose that fact in their ads. The decision immediately set off roars of protest from British pro-life groups. "It will mean that abortion is promoted as a solution to women's problems," said John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, told the London Independent. But Julie Douglas of the pregnancy advisory service Marie Stopes International told the newspaper that her group plans to advertise "extremely sensitively and informatively rather than just plugging our organization."