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Radio Station Pulls Pro-Life Advertisement

This afternoon, a Washington, D.C., radio station pulled a pro-life group’s advertising spot after receiving complaints from listeners. The ad was purchased on WTOP by the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) — a pro-life lobbying group dedicating to electing pro-life politicians — in order to alert listeners to facts about Planned Parenthood and call for support in the GOP’s effort to defund the abortion organization. The full ad went as follows:

It’s a fact: Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion business, nearly a million abortions in the last three years. Its executives were caught on tape bragging about selling baby body parts. Under federal investigation, Planned Parenthood spent thirty million last election on political activism, not women’s healthcare. It’s time for Congress to act. It’s time to redirect Planned Parenthood’s funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care to women, not abortions. Paid for by Susan B. Anthony List

According to Mallory Quigley, communications director for SBA, the station gave no reason for pulling the ad other than that they had received listener complaints. “They wanted us to change the content of the ad,” she tells National Review. “When we refused, they pulled it and refunded us.”

Though it is the radio station’s right to remove any ad from their programming — provided they refund the organization that purchased the spot — it is telling that the station chose to pull this particular ad after receiving flak. Listeners likely claimed that the ad’s information was incorrect or even slanderous, arguments that many abortion proponents wield when Planned Parenthood is attacked, but a quick review of the facts shows that ad provides the public with much-needed information about the abortion group’s horrifying and illegal practices.