Clear Channel Pulls Ads for Women’s Clinic Citing “Decency Standards”
1:45 pm, July 24th | by Grace Rasmus
Clear Channel, a conservative media empire that controls numerous U.S. airwaves and has a history of sexism, has pulled South Wind Women’s Center’s radio ads. South Wind opened in the wake of Dr. Tiller’s murder and the shuttering of his original clinic in order to ensure abortion access in Kansas. Although the clinic bought air time for two radio ads, Clear Channel pulled these ads, claiming that they violated “decency standards.”
Here’s the first ad:
At South Wind Women’s Center, our physicians are committed to providing quality reproductive healthcare in Wichita. Each physician is board-certified in family medicine or obstetrics in gynecology. Between them, they have over 50 years of experience and dedication, ensuring women are able to ensure the care they need when they need it.
And here’s the second:
South Wind Women’s Center was founded to reestablish full access to reproductive healthcare. The center provides high-quality medical care and trusts women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. South Wind Women’s Center: entrusting women with their own medical decision-making.
We see nothing “indecent” about these ads. Do you? A lack of knowledge about (as well as a lack of access to, but that’s a whole other issue) safe reproductive health centers is incredibly dangerous — do we really have to bring up “flea market abortions” again? As Feministing pointed out, Clear Channel’s hypocrisy and bias is evident once you recall that this is the same media company that allows the infamously offensive Rush Limbaugh to be his uncensored self on air. These ads are too raunchy for American ears but calling N.O.W. a “bunch of whores” is a-ok?
Please, take a break from playing Candy Crush for a few minutes and do something more useful with your smart phone: harass Clear Channel; tweet at them, raid their Facebook page, email them, and/or call them (212-549-0965). Do whatever you can to do to let Clear Channel know that women deserve to know about and have access to safe, legal reproductive healthcare.