American Papist has a good bit on this as well:
You can’t advertise cigarettes, but you can advertise mass murder:
Condom adverts could also be shown before the 9pm watershed. The Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice is launching a 12 week consultation to gauge reaction to the plans.
The watchdog claims it is responding to Government calls for action to combat rising teenage pregnancy.
It would be the first time that pro and anti abortion services will be allowed to advertise.
However, those against abortion will be required to make clear if they do not refer women for abortion so that delays do not result in medical complications.
The move has been criticised by the church and pro-life groups. (UK Telegraph)
And also criticized by Ed West who says:
These abortion adverts are supposed to combat our teenage pregnancy rate, currently six times neighbouring Holland’s, but will only have the reverse effect. The Government has already spent a fortune combating unwanted pregnancy these past dozen years, making abortion and contraception ever easier and looking surprised when the pregnancy rate fails to fall or even goes up. They’re like General Melchett in Blackadder Goes Forth, sending thousands of men to their deaths in the hope that this time the “big push” will work.
It won’t. If It didn’t before, why will it work now? Alcoholics Anonymous have a saying: “If you keep doing the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same result”.
Forget condoms and abortion adverts: money spent on normal academic classes that instil students with self-confidence and teach them to think for themselves would bring better results. But that would mean the health establishment getting over its addiction to sex education.
Of course I think West’s solution fall short. But it’s far better than the one proposed by the UK government.
“Addiction to sex education.” I hope people pick up that damning phrase.