Abortion clinics to advertise on television for the first time

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Abortion clinics could be allowed to advertise on television for the first time under new proposal

Condom adverts could also be shown before the 9pm watershed. The Advertising Standards Agency is launching a 12 week consultation to gauge reaction to the plans. 

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The watchdog claims it is responding to Government calls for action to combat rising teenage pregnancy.

It would be the first time that pro and anti abortion services will be allowed to advertise.

However, those against abortion will be required to make clear if they do not refer women for abortion so that delays do not result in medical complications.

The move has been criticised by the church and pro-life groups.

Dr Peter Saunders, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: "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 real problem."

But the Brook Advisory Centres, which give advice on contraception and abortion, said it was a step forward for sexual health. 

The new code would see further relaxation of rules for advertising condoms, except around programmes directed at children below the age of 10.

Currently, Channel 4 is the only channel where condoms are allowed to be advertised from 7pm. 

The proposal comes in response to calls from the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV, a quango, to combat Britain's teenage pregnancy rate, the highest in Europe, and sexually transmitted diseases.

From 2002 to 2006, more than 11,000 under-16s were diagnosed with gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes or genital warts despite the Government spending £300 million in an attempt to tackle the problem. 

The IAG said surveys show that young people believe television is one of the most effective ways of encouraging condom use.  continues here


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1 Responses to "Abortion clinics to advertise on television for the first time"
syoc ilkl ilkl ilkl said...
26 March 2009 at 18:44

Do they want to drum up extra advertising revenue, to plug the shortfall caused by the economic collapse?

Stop the Genocide!


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