According to ABC News, “the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practices [in the U.K.] is considering rewriting the TV rules regarding advertising as a way of tackling the problem” of an increased rate of teen pregnancy. Rules on condom ads would be relaxed as well; currently prophylactic TV pitches are only allowed to air after 9pm.
Groups like the British Pregnancy Advisory Service would applaud the changes, with chief executive Ann Furedi saying, “Why would we not want women to be able to know quickly and simply where they can get pregnancy testing and referral for abortion treatment or antenatal care, depending on what they decide is best for them?”
Speaking for the other side is Dr. Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship. “This is like having the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to deal with the casualties rather than putting up a safety rail at the top of the cliff to stop them falling off.”
Well, not exactly. It’s more like telling people the ambulance exists. While it’s true that if there were no abortion clinics, there would be fewer abortions, is it really so wrong to actually let women know what their options are? Of course, cigarettes exist, and we don’t allow television ads for those. (That’s true in the United States at least; I don’t know what the rules are across the pond.)
Should the rules be relaxed, and should ads for abortion clinics be allowed on television?