Sarah Palin vs. MTV: A War Over an Anti-Abortion AdMeredith Carroll
A network accused by many of glamorizing teen pregnancies is apparently refusing to air a series of anti-abortion ads. Makes sense, right?
Not so much to the group that wants the ads to be seen. A group called Heroic Media launched an ad campaign called “We Can Help” at the end of April at an event supported by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, a staunch anti-abortion advocate.
The group wanted the “pro-life” ads to air on MTV to air for several weeks, but they were pulled after just one time. Heroic Media said a sales representative at MTV said there was a conflict of interest with the network’s existing deal with Planned Parenthood.
MTV countered that, however, by saying they ads were pulled because of the group’s close ties to a controversial billboard campaign run by the Life Always organization, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
The group behind the campaign was accused of being racist after it displayed a billboard in New York that read: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in the Womb.”
A spokesperson from MTV told Fox News: “Upon further review, it was hard for us to separate some of the recent tactics of the organization behind the ads themselves, so we have opted to not accept them for air at this time.”
Life Always defends the ad as not racist, instead saying it was based on the New York City Health Department’s statistics that show 60 percent of African-American pregnancies end in abortion.
Sarah Palin attended Heroic Media’s launch event for the recent advertising campaign. Palin has publicly stated that her anti-abortion stance extends to women who become pregnant after being raped.
Do you think MTV should air commercials that support both pro-choice groups as well as anti-abortion groups?
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