Ads offering Safe Legal Medical Abortion Pills Are Denied by The Washington Metro Transit Authority

By Donald A. Collins | 9 January 2017
Church and State

A very accessible and best place to reach people in DC about products or education is the DC Metro. Yet, Carafem, a place here in DC and in Atlanta Georgia where women can go to safely obtain the legal pills which offer medical abortions, has again been denied the right to purchase ads on the Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA).

As Carefem reported on 1/9/17, Déjà vu? carafem Ads Rejected by DC Metro — Again:

You may have seen the news this weekend. Once again, carafem’s attempt to advertise abortion services on the DC Metro have been rejected by the Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA).

The DC Metro claims its commercial advertising guidelines no longer allow issue-based advertisements. As such, WMATA has rejected carafem’s most recent advertisement on the grounds that the ad is “issue oriented” and that “Advertisements intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions are prohibited.”

To us, this is a case of censorship. The proposed ad is discussing abortion care in much the same way other medical services are advertised at Metro stations daily. Additionally, the explanation doesn’t add up when you consider that as recently as January 5th, the following ads were published on Metro trains and in stations.

There is utterly no excuse for this denial as many other ads offer services of all kinds.

Obviously some ideological zealots are at work to insure that women who do not want to be pregnant will have a harder time avoiding pregnancy.

The ads Carafem offers are tasteful and informative. There are many accepted ads that are “issue” oriented—Prostate, nausea, etc/ Here are a few samples. Legal abortion provision is legal period.

Here is a blatant case of religious ideology injecting its force into a completely legal and secular matter.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

Back in 1991, the NGO Don Collins founded in 1976, International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF), co-produced a TV quality 22-minute film called “Whose Choice?” which Ted Turner arranged to broadcast on September 21, 1992 in prime time on his then independent Turner Broadcast System (TBS). Other outlets such as PBS and several of its affiliates Collins and his colleagues contacted then refused to run it because of its forthright treatment of the abortion issue, arguing for all women’s right to choose not to have a baby. ISAF has made a new edition of that DVD. The purpose for reissuing this 3rd version of “Whose Choice?” was simply to show the historical urgency that attended those times, still blocked and attacked over 40 years after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This video is available for public viewing for the first time.

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