the following article is from Life News: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/05/major-newspapers-reject-pro-life-ad-image-of-baby-too-controversial/
Washington, DC (LiveActionNews)
– A national pro-life organization is outraged after three major
American newspapers rejected a pro-life ad as “too controversial.”
The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and the LA Times refused to run an advertisement created by Heroic Media.
The ad features a hand holding a 20- to 24-week-old baby with the
quote, “This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours. Speak
Media Executive Director Joe Young said he was shocked and angered that
the media outlets were willing to talk about the issue but were
unwilling to show the reality of life at 20 weeks.
“I am disturbed that these papers would run article after article
promoting the notion that abortion is a victimless act without
consequences,” Young said. “The fact remains, children who are unique
individuals – never again to be duplicated – are being killed in the
most violent way imaginable and they feel the excruciating pain of that
The newspapers took issue with the image of the baby.
“It seems as though it is okay to talk about the issue in general,
but when you actually put a face to the discussion, then it becomes
controversial,” Young said.
Last week after the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child
Protection Act, Heroic Media put out a statement requesting that the
pro-life community contact their senators and encourage them to consider
and support the Act.
“Americans deserve to know the truth about the children sentenced to
die for no fault of their own and that we have a chance to spare some of
them through this legislation,” Young said.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prevents an abortionist
from performing an abortion at or after 20 weeks, based on empirical
scientific medical evidence that proves that unborn babies can feel
pain. Science shows that at eight weeks after fertilization, the unborn
child reacts to touch, and at 20 weeks, the unborn baby responds to what
would be felt as pain.
The image shows a 20- to 24-week-old baby in a person’s hands. Heroic
Media’s goal was to show what life looks like at 20 weeks. The
non-profit organization has resubmitted the ad with a different image,
now one of a 20-week-old baby in utero.
The Chicago Tribune has now agreed to run the ad with the second image as long as Heroic Media indicates that it is an advertisement.
“Our hope is that the American public begins to advance this debate with both the mother and child in mind,” Young said.
Heroic Media is a non-profit whose mission is to educate the public
in general and reach women facing unplanned pregnancies with
life-affirming alternatives through the use of mass media, such as
television commercials, internet outreach, and billboards.