News in brief: March 2012
In the UK, new rules will allow private clinics that charge for abortions and pregnancy services to advertise on television and radio.
The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice said there was no justification to inhibit clinics offering post-conception advice services, so long as they were not harmful, offensive, or misleading. Not-for-profit pregnancy clinics are already allowed to advertise on television and radio, but these new regulations allow profiting companies to advertise in the same way.
The Committee of Advertising Practice spokesman Matt Wilson said, “They are not there to promote abortion, they have to promote an array of services. It is about being responsible, and commercial pro-life pregnancy services will now be able to advertise too.”
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries said that the move would make having a termination seem “as easy as having your lunch.” “What this is actually going to do is desensitise what abortion is and the