Abortion Group to Advertise on British TV

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) — An organization that offers abortion services in Britain has launched an advertising campaign, angering anti-abortion groups.

Marie Stopes International’s first commercial airs next week on Channel Four, The Times of London reported. While the commercial, showing women who think they might be pregnant, does not use the word abortion, Julie Douglas, the group’s marketing manager, said it is clear that is one of the alternatives.

About 195,000 abortions now take place in Britain every year, 90 percent of them paid for by the National Health Service. About 65,000 are carried out annually at Marie Stopes clinics.

Douglas said the Marie Stopes clinics offer many services other than abortion and many of the women who call for advice do not want to end their pregnancies.

But Michaela Aston, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Life, said she was shocked the commercial is being broadcast.

“To allow abortion providers to advertise on TV, as though they were no different from car companies or detergent manufacturers, is grotesque,” Aston said. “By suggesting that abortion is yet another consumer choice — it trivialises human life and completely contravenes the spirit of the 1967 Abortion Act.”

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