Pro-life advertisements on buses in an Australian city were quickly removed and banned at the command of an MP who received a complaint on Facebook.
Buses in Newcastle, New South Wales, briefly ran ads for pro-life organization Emilyâ€™s Voice.
The banners simply read, â€œA heart beats at four weeks,â€ along with an image of a pregnant womanâ€™s stomach and a web address forÂ NotBornYet.com, a resource center for those â€œfacing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy.â€
â€œWhy is there dangerous anti-abortion propaganda being displayed on the exterior of a public bus in Newcastle?â€ the user wrote.
â€œHi Josh, appreciate you bringing this to my attention,â€ Constance replied. â€œAfter further investigation Iâ€™m advised that a third party is responsible for managing this advertising, however Iâ€™ve instructed that this ad and any similar collateral be removed immediately. Iâ€™m similarly appalled. Iâ€™ll be looking into how this was allowed to happen. Thanks again. Andrewâ€
The constituent was contacted by theÂ Newcastle HeraldÂ for comment on what motivated his complaint.
â€œBeing who I am as a man, I can never truly imagine what it would be like to see that sort of thing rolling around the town on a bus. Itâ€™s a guilt driven directive on what to do with their body,â€ he told the paper.
Emilyâ€™s VoiceÂ voiced their shock and frustrationÂ about being banned in a seemingly targeted manner.
Govt vetoes â€œappallingâ€ bus ad for @EmilysVoice1 but allows other ads for pregnancy support and those advising women not to drink during pregnancy @AndrewConstance #abortion #pregnancy #women https://t.co/1adehrwbX4
â€” Paul O’Rourke (@PaulORourke7) June 22, 2019
â€œApparently itâ€™s impolite to encourage women to continue an unexpected pregnancy by informing them their babies have a tiny heartbeat,â€ said CEO Paul Oâ€™Rourke. â€œWe are seeking to restart and reshape the life conversation in a sensible, sensitive way free of guilt and condemnation so women make an informed choice. We are pro-women and for-children.â€
â€œThe ads promote notbornyet.com containing relevant and timely information for women experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy, including where to get practical, free support.â€
â€œMost Australians are unaware there are an estimated 70,000 abortions, 95 percent of which are performed on healthy women carrying healthy children,â€ Oâ€™Rourke continued. â€œThere are government campaigns to reduce smoking, the road toll, cancer and heart disease. Surely thereâ€™s a place to reduce abortion which claims more Aussie lives each year than any other cause?â€
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