Abortion advert to appear on television (insert glee or anger here)

20 May 2010

AAARGHHeard 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.

TOPICS:   Advertising   Cool Stuff


  • Robin
    It's not going to be shown in Northern Ireland though......
  • The B.
    It's going to be very tasteful, they'll use Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon's "let the fetus be aborted" as the backing track. And before anyone says it, that's how the yanks spell it.
  • Nobby
    Oh fuck. I've only just got over advertising for tampons.
  • Jizzlingtons
    Michaela Aston (the anti - abortion woman) can fuck off. In my opinion people should be able to advertise about what they like. I do hate these campaingners who think it's wrong to have abortion but are happy to limit people's freedom of speech. I'm not only pro choice but I'm pro abortion. In fact, I'm hoping to open an abortion restaurant.
  • Tom P.
    Ahh MOF, you looked really cute as a baby.
  • Ronald M.
    Abortion eh..
  • Irish B.
    can't beat a bit of Stanhope.
  • That t.
    You know, thats exactly how I imagined a Mof Gimmers to look like, "My precious..."
  • Klingelton
    just wait till it comes out then stamp on it. Then the mother has to go through all the pain and she won't do that again in a hurry...
  • Nobby
    > You know, thats exactly how I imagined a Mof Gimmers to look like, “My precious…” And dressed in pink
  • Pedegg
    "come on, give us a bell and we'll tell you the best way to murder your baby" fucking scum
  • Jack
    That picture is fucking scary
  • Laurz
    I'm not saying i'm anti abortion (or pro abortion either to be honest) but am I the only one in the world fed up with money being spent reminding people how to stop themselves getting having babies? It's simple, close your legs. If you're old enough to decide that you want to have sex then you're old enough to know about contraception, abortion and everything else related to how to get rid of a baby if you screw up. It seems to me that every where I go I'm reminded that condoms exist. Well fuck me, I'm glad they advertised that because i'd completely forgot that I could use contraception. Anyone that needs reminding that contraception or abortion exists should have expanding foam squirted up them to permanently seal them up or their dick cut off as they clearly aren't intelligent enough to have sex. Lets be honest, they'll probably get the wrong hole anyway so no baby worries.
  • dunfyboy
    You need a license to own a TV but they'll let any fuckwit have a baby. Keep the baby, abort the parents.
  • -]
    Smash the TV up, abort the parents and stamp on the head of the ugly little bastard-child
  • Wonky H.
    -] can't get invited to many parties.
  • -]
    But the ones he (I?) do(es) get invited to are a fucking blast. Especially for the poor cunt whose head gets used to smash up the TV.
  • ugly f.
    thats one ugly fuwking baby

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