Reports allege that NBC is refusing to allow the word "abortion" on air. It’s been more than 40 years since abortion was legalized – it’s about time television caught up. If you agree, add your name to our letter to NBC now.
Here’s the scoop: NBC reportedly refused to run an ad for the romantic comedy Obvious Child because the ad included the word "abortion," with sources saying that they found the "subject matter was inappropriate for viewers.
It’s outrageous that a major network would choose to censor mentions about abortion. For far too long, the refusal to talk honestly about abortion has led to increasing stigma around the issue, and it’s got to stop.
Three in ten women will have an abortion by age 45. And the vast majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion. If NBC, is censoring the use of the word "abortion," then the network is refusing to even take part in a conversation, let alone an honest one that accurately reflects women’s lives.
Tell NBCUniversal CEO Stephen B. Burke to #StoptheStigma and lead an honest, accurate conversation about abortion.
Dear Mr. Burke,
I'm outraged to read reports that NBC has refused to even mentions of the word "abortion" on air. Censoring the word increases stigma and disrespects women’s choices.
Safe and legal abortion is supported by a vast majority of Americans - including me. We do not see the mere mention of "abortion" as inappropriate on network television.
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I urge you and your network to allow the word "abortion" on air and to lead a conversation that would reduce stigma for the three in ten women who will have an abortion by age 45.
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we signed: Tell NBC to Stop Silencing Ads Mentioning Abortion
NBCUniversal responds to Planned Parenthood's petition! A huge step forward in the work towards more honesty about women and abortion in TV and movies — THANK YOU to the thousands who signed and made your voices heard! Together, we can #StoptheStigma!
NBCUniversal released the following statement to Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
"NBCUniversal has no policy against accepting ads that include the word “abortion.” Several ad proposals for “Obvious Child” were submitted to our television broadcast standards group for review, and, consistent with NBCUniversal policy and practice, no direction was given to remove references to the word “abortion.” Ultimately, no final ad was submitted or purchased for television broadcast.
"Separately, an online ad was submitted for digital placement and feedback was mistakenly given to remove the word “abortion.” That is not company policy and we are currently reviewing our ad standards processes to ensure they are consistent across all platforms moving forward.
"Our digital platforms will accept the ad as it was originally submitted."
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