UK May Allow Abortion, Condom TV Ads

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Residents in Great Britain may soon see radio and TV ads that offer advice on getting an abortion.

Official committees in the country announced proposals, Thursday, that would relax advertising rules on family planning services like abortion and condom use.

If approved, the change would give these groups permission to run their ads earlier in the day. Currently, such ads are only allowed to air at night. Current restrictions on airing the ads during children's programs would not change, however.

Officials say the new rules are aimed at reducing teen pregnancies. But Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust says the ads will have little positive affect.

"Advertising condoms and abortion advice services at a time when more children are in the television and radio audience will do nothing to reduce teenage conceptions or sexually transmitted infections," he said.

Last month it was reported that teen pregnancy rates in England and Wales rose for the first time in five years.

In response, the government began distributing condoms in schools, increased sex education programs, and launched a program making birth control pills available without a prescription.

Thursday's TV and radio ad proposal must be approved by British broadcast regulators.

Source: The Associated Press

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