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17 / 04 / 2009 - New Catholic leader hits out at TV ads for abortion
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has criticised the plan to allow abortion providers to advertise on TV
The next head of the Catholic church in England and Wales has attacked plans to relax rules for advertising abortion and condoms on TV.
The TV advertising watchdog launched a three-month consultation last month on proposals to broadcast the first abortion commercials and to advertise condoms before the watershed.
But the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, who will be made Archbishop of Westminster next month, said such advertising would fail to meet requirements to be 'truthful and tasteful'.
He said: 'I doubt that any intended adverts about abortion would be fully truthful and tell the whole truth of the effects of abortion in a woman's life.
'I seriously wonder if any advertisements for the use of condoms would be tasteful because the ones we have at the moment are demeaning of the young people of this country.'
The prelate, currently Archbishop of Birmingham, added: 'They depict casual sex on the street corner and drunken sex.'
He said of abortion advertising: 'It will no doubt be presented as a simple solution. But in fact it has traumatic implications in women's lives.'
Source: Daily Mail