Should abortion services be advertised?
Marie Stopes International will advertise its abortion advisory services on television, for the first time in the UK. Is advertising of this kind acceptable?
The organisation says it will raise awareness of options available to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, including abortion. The ads will be aired on Channel Four at 22.10 on the 24th May and run until the end of June. Viewers will be asked, "Are you late?" and advised to call the Marie Stopes' 24 hour telephone helpline.
Pro life groups say they are considering challenging the decision in the courts. A spokeswoman for the anti abortion group Life called the decision to give abortion providers the same rights to advertise on TV as car companies or detergent manufacturers "grotesque."
Do you agree with the decision to allow these adverts? Have you had difficulty finding information on your options when facing an unplanned pregnancy? Where should abortion providers be allowed to advertise their services?
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