British Regulators Delay Releasing Rules That Could Allow Abortion Ads on TV
by Steven Ertelt
September 8, 2009
London, England (LifeNews.com) — In the wake of massive opposition, British regulators have delayed releasing the rules that could result in allowing advertisements for abortion on television. A national pro-life group is celebrating the fact that Britons have strongly opposed allowing abortion businesses to appear on television.
The Broadcasting Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) received about 4,000 letters and other communication from UK residents after announcing in March that it would consider watering down the rules to allow the abortion ads.
Some of the letters included petitions with either hundreds or thousands of signatures from British people opposed to the idea.
"The volume of responses, around 4,000, to the Cap and Bcap code consultation was significant and greater than anticipated. This is perhaps due in part to widespread media coverage around the consultation launch," a BCAP representative told the London Guardian newspaper.
The spokesman said the agency is "currently carefully assessing all the responses and anticipate publishing their evaluation of the consultation along with the new advertising codes in the first quarter of 2010."
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children welcomed the delay and told LifeNews.com that it is excited so many Britons responded against the proposal.
"We are pleased to note that the BCAP is carefully scrutinizing the submissions," Paul Tully, SPUC general secretary, said.
‘We hope that this huge expression of public concern will make the BCAP realize the depth of public feeling on the issue. We are very, very grateful to all those who have expressed reservations about the proposals," Tully added.
"We must ensure that the government too notes the depth of public concern on this matter, and SPUC groups around the country are currently promoting a national petition directed to the prime minister to ensure that our concerns are heard by politicians too," he continued.
Tully said the proposal threatens to further commercialize the killing of unborn children and would completely disregard the adverse effect of abortion on women’s health.
Related web sites:
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – https://www.spuc.org.uk
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