Clear Channel Lifts Ban on Abortion Clinic Ads

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 27 2013 6:38 PM

Clear Channel Lifts Ban on Abortion Clinic Radio Ads

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Rabbi Michael Davis holds Ann Garvey during a candle light vigil for Dr. George Tiller in Old Town May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kansas.

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Clear Channel announced on Tuesday that the media company is lifting its ban on radio ads from a Wichita abortion clinic. The South Wind Women’s Center placed ads promoting health care services for women, but did not specifically mention abortion. Clear Channel pulled the ads from three local radio stations last month.

The reversal came a day before supporters of the South Wind Women’s Center were set to deliver the company a petition with 68,000 signatories in protest of the broadcaster’s decision. In its reversal, according to the AP, the company said it came to the conclusion that “certain advertising may stir passionate viewpoints but that it determined it should use its best judgment to accept and run ads that don't violate the law or FCC standards.”

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Here is the content of the two ads that were pulled, according to Jezebel:

At South Wind Women’s Center, our physicians are committed to providing quality reproductive healthcare in Wichita. Each physician is board-certified in family medicine or obstetrics in gynecology. Between them, they have over 50 years of experience and dedication, ensuring women are able to ensure the care they need when they need it.

South Wind Women’s Center was founded to reestablish full access to reproductive healthcare. The center provides high-quality medical care and trusts women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. South Wind Women’s Center: entrusting women with their own medical decision-making.

The South Wind Women’s Center reopened its doors in Wichita this April, making it the only abortion clinic in the city. The center was previously operated under a different name until George Tiller, a doctor at the clinic, was murdered by an anti-abortion activist in 2009. Tiller was shot while at church on Sunday morning and prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to send U.S. marshals to protect abortion clinics and doctors around the country.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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