Abortion advert to appear on television (insert glee or anger here)
Heard the one about the abortion advertisement?
Yep, people are already vomiting wildly about how disgusting it all is, imagining that we'll all be granted ringside seats as we watch a doctor with a chrome claw and a Henry hoover rip a squealing foetus from a wailing woman's vagina, cackling like a mad bastard before lobbing it out of a window into the oncoming rush hour traffic, only to pan back to the woman, now puffing on a cigar and giving the thumbs up now she's got rid of that grotesque little symbiote.
Yeah. That one. We're all going to see that on our TV sets, right?
See, people don't tend to think of abortion as something to be taken very lightly. Even those who are Pro-Choice see the whole thing as incredibly depressing and emotionally devastating. However, unlike my needlessly insensitive opening, the first ever television commercial about abortion will be seeking to tread carefully around the subject.
The advert from Marie Stopes will be screened on Monday night around 10pm and will offer "clear, non-judgmental information" on unplanned pregnancies and abortion services.
Speaking to The Guardian, Marie Stope's chief exec, Dana Hovig, says: "Last year alone we received 350,000 calls to our 24-hour helpline. Clearly there are hundreds of thousands of women who want and need sexual health information and advice, and access to services."The aim of the commercial, it seems, is to provide women with all the information they need, rather than to promote abortion or any other choice for that matter.
However, Michaela Aston, spokeswoman for anti-abortion group Life, says that the decision to screen the advert is "grotesque." She continued: "I can only express utter disbelief that this is being allowed, given the opposition to abortion advertising expressed during the recent public consultation. To allow abortion providers to advertise on TV, as though they were no different from car companies or detergent manufacturers, is grotesque."
The Advertising Standards Authority said non-commercial providers of sexual health services had been permitted to advertise on UK television for some time. "If viewers have concerns about the content or scheduling of the ad, the ASA is able to consider complaints once the ad has aired. However, we cannot act on objections that viewers might have about the service being advertised at all," said a spokesman.
This won't be the last we hear of this by a long-chalk. So in the meantime, to get yourself really angry about it... or indeed, laugh about the whole situation, watch this Doug Stanhope rant that's VERY NSFW.