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Abortion Commercial to Air on TV in UK

Abortion Commercial to Air in UK — About Time or Too Much?

"Are you late?" That's the slogan of an abortion TV ad set to air in the UK next week.

NGO Marie Stopes produced what it calls a "clear, non-judgmental" ad with information on abortion and unplanned pregnancy. It does not intend to promote abortion; instead the group just wants to make sure women have the relevant information. And after a study found that less than half of UK adults knew how to get professional advice about unplanned pregnancies, Marie Stopes decided that the public badly needed the ad, which will air after 10 p.m.

Considering the intense nature of the abortion debate in America, not to mention the fact that most networks and ad makers think Americans can't even handle straight talk about menstruation, I don't imagine something like this will ever air in the US. Do you wish it would?

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turtleshell turtleshell 7 years
I think it is excellent. The more things like these are out in the open, the less embarassed people will feel to talk about these issues with their friends, families, doctors... No one deserves to feel shame when it comes to their body. I completely support educating women on ALL the options they have after an unplanned pregnancy.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Why use coat-hanger brand, when you can use a Hoover? Seriously though less than half in the UK know where to go? Everyone here automatically thinks Planned Parenthood... I wonder if that means we argue about it more. I certainly don't care for the idea, but at least it's on after 10pm. Those Male enhancement commercials they play midday are too much for me.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I agree with MeiGaku. I see enough crap from those with anti-abortion agenda (in various outlets) & I think it's perfectly reasonable to use television as a source of information, or at least a source to help you find information. Afterall, people watch quite a bit of it. I can't say how much television the average person in the UK watches, but in the U.S., I know it's insanely high.
ayabeachgirl ayabeachgirl 7 years
What exactly is "clear and non-judgmental information"? While I agree that women need to be informed what'll go on with her body once she gets pregnant etc, I don't think TV commercial is where they should go to. I mean, you can always go to clinic/OBGYN for professional advice.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 7 years
i think it's absolutely great to have a commercial that's aimed at informing women, rather than berating them into thinking one way or another. i was walking from class one day, and on our large student walkway, a student group posted giant banners talking about choice--saying that it was the nazi's choice to murder jews and homosexuals, and it was the kkk's choice to have lynchings in the south. they were comparing abortion to genocide! that kind of "information" is why we need truth--even if it comes from such a non-traditional form.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
While we know they're out there and need to use them regardless, the point of tampon commercials are BRANDING so you choose a particular brand over another. Abortion commercials aren't really necessary. If you need one, you'll seek it out. I think it's too much.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I think abortions are a little more hush hush than tampons. I think the commercials are good. Some women may not know where to turn if this is the option they are looking into.
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