In Great Britain, the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice have embarked on a 12-week consultation to determine whether abortion facilities should be allowed to advertise on television. The consultation is an attempt to respond to the British government’s resolution to combat rising teenage pregnancy, and the committees are considering approval of both pro-choice and pro-life ads. If approved, only the pro-life clinics will be required to spell out their convictions, as well as the possible medical complications of delaying one’s decision to abort; abortion facilities will not have to address the possible complications that attend aborting a child. Many are upset—and understandably so—that the advertisements are even being considered. Dr. Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship, for example, has stated that “the problem is that the Government strategy on teenage pregnancy, based on condoms, the morning-after pill and abortion, has failed. Allowing the advertising of abortion services is not dealing with the problem.” Conversely, the Brook Advisory Centres, which offer abortion advice, has argued that the move would be a step forward for sexual health. The new code would also relax the rules for condom advertisements, prohibiting their broadcast only during programs intended for children 10 and younger.
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