SPUC was encouraged last month by the delay to the consultation on allowing abortion adverts on TV because of the massive public opposition to the proposals.
We are encouraged but we're not complacent! The abortion industry worldwide demands constant vigilance on the part of everyone who cares about civilised values - such as respect for the right to life, enshrined in international law, and care and compassion for women harmed by abortion.
The battle against these dangerous proposals continues. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced a new leaflet (pictured) with the purpose of boosting the petition. The leaflet contains a mini petition so that people who support our stance can join the campaign and collect signatures from their family and friends, if they wish. You can order our new leaflet - 50, 100, 200 etc - and copies of the petition, by writing to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifting the ban on abortion adverts on TV would have a profound impact on the welfare of women and on unborn children:
• The proposals threaten to further commercialise the killing of unborn children.
• It could suggest that there were no serious adverse effect of abortion on women's physical and mental health.
• Abortion remains a criminal offence on the statute book. Advertising of illegal procedures is contrary to the public interest, advertising codes, and the law.
• Only those agencies with sufficient financial resources would be able to advertise. Abortion providers can generate financial resources for advertising by charging more for abortions. Most pro-life advice services charge nothing. Thus there will be a disproportionate opportunity for abortion providers to advance their cause.
• Most people want the numbers of abortions to decrease, not increase. However, adverts for abortion services would promote abortion, and thereby increase its incidence.
SPUC's petition to the Prime Minister provides an important opportunity to demonstrate to him, in the run-up to a general election, the strength of public feeling against such a change to advertising regulation. The closing date for the petition has been extended to 30 November to give supporters more time to gather signatures. Please do all you can to gather signatures at churches, on the high street, at retail parks and at popular bus and train stations. The more signatures we gather, the greater are our chances of stopping this dreadful proposal.
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