If I were to ask you what the purpose of advertising is, you would likely answer that it’s purpose is to increase the sales and profits associated with a product. And you would be right. Advertising also exists to build brand recognition and good will toward a product, making people more inclined to use it with greater frequency.

With this in mind consider the following excerpt from an article in the Telegraph, a newspaper in the U. K.

TV advertisements for commercial abortion clinics given go ahead
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Private clinics which carry out abortions will be allowed to advertise on television and radio for the first time, under new rules.
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By Laura Donnelly, and Jonathan Wynne-Jones
9:00PM BST 02 Jul 2011
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Under the draft recommendations, drawn up by the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice, which regulates TV and radio commercials, dozens of independent hospitals carrying out abortions will be able to advertise their services to consumers.

Until now, restrictions have meant abortion clinics can only advertise their services if they are not run for profit. Because of the rules, just one advert, by charity Marie Stopes International has ever been aired, last year, to great controversy, and more than 4,500 complaints.

Last night Joanne Hill, from the pro-life charity Life expressed “utter disbelief” at the recommendations, which she described as unacceptable. She said: “To allow commercial abortion providers to advertise on TV, as though they were no different from car companies or detergent manufacturers, is shocking and exceeds the bounds of responsible advertising. “By suggesting that abortion is yet another consumer choice human life is trivialised and the distress and heartache faced by a woman making this irrevocable decision, which ends the life of her child, is glossed over.”

The new code for TV and radio advertising, on which consultation began last week, has also angered pro-life groups because it says that if they run commercials promoting services offering counselling to pregnant women, they must make explicit the fact they would not refer for terminations.

Ann Furedi, chief executive of bpas said: “BPAS [an abortion provider] is a charity that promotes choice; we have no interest – financial or otherwise – in encouraging women to have abortions.
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Full article is here: Abortion Ads
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Well, of course the final line is questionable at best. Since the purpose of advertising is to increase sales, and BPAS make its money on the abortion, it is rather a stretch to ask me to believe that they are not trying to drum up an increased number of abortions. According to a section of the article not excerpted above, financial statements from abortion provider BPAS  list increases in the number of terminations as significant goals achieved [in the last fiscal year]. Clearly their goal is to “sell” more abortions and that is why they want to advertise, to use their own words, “increase the number of terminations.”
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In this country Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers often claim that their only goal is to provide “alternatives” to women. They like, in their annual reports, to cloak the true numbers and percentages of abortion “services” they offer. But in 2010 a closer look at their data shows that 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood were sold abortions while  2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care [1, 2].  Almost 40% of its income is derived from selling abortions. Planned Parenthood is heavily invested in and dependent on selling abortions. They and other abortion “providers” have little interest in reducing the number of abortions.
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Speaking of Ad campaigns, you may recall that back in Christmas of 2008 Planned Parenthood outrageously ran their “Choice on Earth” campaign and included Christmas “gift certificates” that could be used for abortion services. It was a hideous reversal of the Christmas Feast that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Planned Parenthood audaciously invited people to celebrate the Christmas season by purchasing gift certificates to help others terminate life by abortion and prevent it by contraception.  Not so Merry Christmas indeed.
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Advertising, in any form has the goal of selling more of the product. Remember this, for  TV ads promoting abortion providers will soon come to this land too. They will be thinly veiled as providing “alternatives” to pregnant women. But remember the goal. Ads may have a minor goal in providing information, but their major goal is always clear: sell more of the product and thereby, increase the profit.
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16 Responses

  1. Bender says:

    Abortionists have prospered by working in the shadows. By them coming out of the shadows into the light of day will only expose them for what they are.

    Truth never hurt the cause of truth or life.

    And let’s not ever hear again that “no one is pro-abortion.”

  2. Nguyen Thuong MInh says:

    Epistle 188
    My some ideas of “the homily” of Msgr. Charles Pope are here below:
    Firstly, in the homily, Msgr. Charles Pope excerpted an article in the Telegraph, a newspaper in the UK, of TV advertisements for commercial abortion clinics.
    Msgr. Charles Pope stressed that the final line of the article is questionable at best because Ann Furedi, chief executive of bpas said: “BPAS [an abortion provider] is a charity that promotes choice; we have no interest – financial or otherwise – in encouraging women to have abortions.
    At the end of the homily, Msgr. Charles Pope criticized strongly Ann Furedi’s words. Monsignor said that but major goal of BPAS is always clear: sell more of the product and thereby, increase the profit.
    Secondly, now permit me to add some issues in the homily hereafter:
    I defended successfully my Doctoral thesis, a Doctoral thesis of Socialist Political Economy, on 1996.
    Of course, I knew clearly Karl Marx’s word that “Problem is not result (or product). Problem is way creates the result”.
    Therefore, when Rector of University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Pham Van Nang, told me that: “Your job is sinecure except every month you ought to write an article and send it to me”.
    I understood Dr. Nang meant that, UEH will accept so that I follow Lord Jesus and His Body but I ought to write a monthly article and the article must show UEH the way or all roads lead to VATICAN).
    As a result, all articles of mine are the truth, I tell them the truth, and I ought to translate my English articles into Vietnamese language.
    Vietnamese Communists want to know “Method creates product, but is not product in itself”. They want to know my work methods. They don’t need to know Msgr. Charles Pope loves me or doesn’t, but they need to know what way I come to Monsignor while I still live in Vietnam.
    In other words, Vietnamese Communists only want fishing-rods, but is not fishes./.

  3. Nick says:

    Sounds like a logical leap from contraceptive commercials if you don’t believe life begins until birth.

    • joe says:

      great insight Nick, stages of development. This is a statement that clearly explains why The Mother Church prohibits use of contraceptives.

  4. Martha says:

    This type of advertising is MOST unethical and morally corrupt.

  5. Ismael says:

    @ Bender

    I fear now times have grown so dark in society that people will still be blind at the horrors abortionists commit… after all even Anmnesty International sees abortion as a ‘human right’ now…

  6. Will says:

    The atrocities continue to pile up. Humans continue to push, the push back is coming.

  7. elcid says:

    I wonder if they will allow pro-life advertisements with those graphic pictures of abortions or should I say babies who were killed/murdered, as Fr. Pavone say’s “America Will Not Reject Abortion
    Until America Sees Abortion!” this applies to other countries, not surprised with all of this, I fully expect ads for mercy killings pretty soon…of course the syntax will be less graphic, sort of the devious way hollywood promotes sex, promiscuity, violence, etc., in their movies…as Msgr states just part of the decaying west.

  8. Maureen says:

    One of my greatest concerns if this kind of advertisement is allowed to continue, is that there will be a generation of children who grow up seeing these ads who will conclude that abortion is “normal” and “morally neutral.”

  9. ANNE says:

    PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY AS REQUESTED BY OUR LADY OF FATIMA IN 1917. THE ROSARY PREVENTS WARS AND STOPS HERESY.
    LUCIA ONE OF THE VISIONARIES OF FATIMA SAID THERE IS NO PROBLEM THAT CANNOT BE OVERCOME BY THE ROSARY.
    WHY ARE WE CHOOSING TO IGNORE THIS MANDATE FROM HEAVEN?
    OUR LADY ALSO APPEARED IN AKITA, JAPAN IN 1973 AND SAID
    As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.”
    WE CANNOT BE SILENT ANY LONGER, OUR LORD SAID HE WOULD SPIT OUT THE LUKEWARM.
    START THE ROSARY TODAY AND SUPPORT PRO-LIFE GROUPS.
    GOD BLESS,
    ANNE

    • Patt says:

      I agree. We need legions of people praying the rosary. Probably difficult in Britian since they remain so hostile to Catholics.

  10. Linus says:

    Gee, he’s such a cudly looking killer. How clever of Satan!!

  11. Jamie says:

    Abortion is, of course, a sin and must be resisted. Yet we have to accept that, in the US, UK, and elsewhere, it is legal. If it is legal, then logically business owners will want to advertise.

    I cannot think of a sound argument to deny a legal business the right to advertise. PLEASE do not read this as approval of the evil these businesses perform.

    • Michael says:

      Hard liquor and cigarettes cannot be advertised on TV. The arguments for that may not be legally sound, but they are logically and morally sound. Same could be said of arguments against advetisements for legal murder.

      • Patt says:

        So it is OK to advertise murder of the unborn, but we are not allowed to advertise Cigarettes and liquor because that my damage our health at least for those that got born. Makes no sense, but we live in an unjust, sensless world.

  12. Chrysostom says:

    England is in a very bad way: the Catholic Bishops do nothing to fight abortion and they even promote it. You will not believe the last point but consider this fact. Next week, a Conference takes place of the Justice and Peace Group of the English and Welsh Bishops’ Conference. Two of the main speakers are openly pro-abortion – one an MP and one a trade-union leader. The Bishops’ Conference is supporting the choice of speakers at this Conference which is sponsored by CAFOD, Catholic Aid for Overseas Development, an agency of the Bishops’ Conference. Some justice, some peace.

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