A national pro-abortion group attacked the Philadelphia Media Network last week after the newspaper group refused to publish a prominent pro-abortion ad on Philly.com, The Inquirer/Daily News reported.
The National Partner for Women and Families said it wanted to publish its pro-abortion campaign advertisement on the Philadelphia news website. The campaign, “Lies into Laws,” pushes back against pro-life laws by claiming that they are “anti-science.” According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 411 pro-life bills have been introduced in 45 states, and 21 were enacted in 2016 so far.
The pro-abortion group wanted to promote its campaign with a “home-page takeover” costing $17,600, according to the newspaper. The advertisement would fill the top of the Philly.com home page, as well as on both rails.
The pro-abortion group president Debra Ness spoke regarding the issue: “We need to be talking about these attacks on women’s health, not pushing the issue into the shadows and letting it go unchecked. That is why we are so disappointed by the Philadelphia Inquirer publisher’s decision not to run our spots.”
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The publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network, Terrance C.Z. Egger, said company executives have discussed how to manage “advocacy ads.”
Egger stated: “In the past two weeks, we have had two requests for either political or advocacy ads as either a ‘home-page takeover ad’ on Philly.com, or wrapping the front page of the Inquirer. The publisher and PMN senior leadership determined that going forward, we would not accept this type of advertising in those specific positions. We may accept such ads in other positions both in print and online.”
The National Partnership for Women and Families, formerly the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, was founded in 1971 to promote abortion.
The ad is pertinent to Pennsylvania right now because of a bill that just passed the state House. Pennsylvania House Bill 1948, sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Rapp, would ban brutal dismemberment abortions that tear unborn babies limb from limb and prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies can feel pain and are edging on the point of viability outside the womb. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in a bipartisan vote of 132 to 65, approved the bill on June 21, LifeNews reported.