Media Release 11 November 2013
A small pro-abortion group is delighted that its complaint against full page adverts placed in the Bay News and Bay of Plenty Times have been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority [ASA]. They accused the advertiser of lying. The adverts were placed by Voice for Life in Tauranga. The adverts followed the introduction of the killing of children in their first nine weeks of life at The Family Planning’s clinic in Tauranga in April this year. The adverts were a community service and provided information about the tragic deaths of women overseas and the serious complications resulting from abortions with RU 486.
The adverts also named the forty ministers and priests in the Tauranga area who would provide unconditional love and support to women with an unplanned pregnancy. The Advertising Standards Authority has accepted the complaint that the advert contained ‘lies’. The Authority also accepted that the advertisements were prepared in “a socially irresponsible manner” as it “grossly”misrepresented medical facts about the risks and effects of abortion. The complainant also said the advertisement employed fear in order to deter women from undergoing an abortion with RU 486. The accusations are simply not true.