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UK doctor claims abortion clinic TV ads promote promiscuity

June 22, 2009

The UK’s plan to allow TV and radio advertisements for abortion clinics and condom manufacturers has some UK doctors all fired up.

Unfortunately, not fired up with their support for this decision, which the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice believes will help reduce the UK’s teenage pregnancy rate – the highest in Europe – and sexually-transmitted infections.

Via Mail Online:

Doctors are calling for a ban on controversial television and radio adverts for abortion clinics, saying they will send the wrong message to young women and encourage promiscuity.

Condom manufacturers will also be able to advertise at any time during the day and night under plans to relax the existing rules. Doctors will oppose the plans at a meeting at the end of the month.

Dr Mark Pickering, a GP in York, said: ‘We know that TV is a powerful medium which gives young people messages that sex is fine, sex is great and they are not getting enough of it. It is full of beautiful young people jumping in and out of bed with each other. Allowing abortion services to advertise on TV would then be saying, “Here is a quick medical fix for the consequences of having sex.” That is giving all the wrong messages and is very disturbing.’

Someone please explain this rationale to me. Oh wait, you can’t. Making young people aware of their options is not promoting abortion. Give me a break.

Here’s Jezebel’s take on the issue, and I couldn’t agree more:

“Oh, right, ‘changing the underlying messages.’ That, I believe, is code for ‘sex is bad bad bad, wrong wrong wrong, you shouldn’t have it, how dare you consider a safe and legal option in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Shame on you, women! How dare you have sex and then make choices about your bodies! The television has warped your minds and led you down a path of sin! Sinner! Sinny sin sinner!’ Methinks this isn’t really a medical issue for Pickering as much as a moral one: isn’t it a bit strange for a doctor to want to deny potential patients information about and access to safe and legal medical procedures?”

Let’s hope that when this issue is debated on Sunday, they make the decision to end this ridiculous argument and vote in favor of providing information and education.

One Comment
  1. Temwa Munthali permalink
    November 3, 2009 2:25 pm

    I think abortion is not right for young women, especially advertising it! We have to bear in mind that a law is meant for control, so if it encourages something bad its like telling a teenage “go aheard and have sex without protection, because when you inpregnate that girl, we will protect the responsibility of you having a child by removing it for you. So you can have as much unprotected sex as you want.”

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