CHBC-TV pulls anti-abortion commercial

A somewhat gory and graphic anti-abortion ad featuring the hand of a supposedly aborted fetus has been pulled by CHBC-TV Kelowna before it ever aired:

Dennis Gabelhouse, general manager of CHBC, says the decision to pull a graphic anti-abortion ad even before it aired, was made locally, even though it had be previously cleared for use by Telecaster Canada, a national advertising standards organization.

“That doesn’t mean they won’t be unacceptable to some viewers,” Gabelhouse told “The decision was based on it being visually graphic and not being appealing for most of our viewers.”

The ad got Telecaster approval but CHBC later determined that it was too graphic and offensive, and that they’d probably be ordered by the Advertising Standards Council to pull it sooner or later anyway.  Sure the ad’s offensive, all anti-choice propaganda is offensive, but I can handle being offended.   My only real issue with this ad is the fact that it’s misleading to feature a hand that looks about the size of a newborn’s:

… when 95% of abortions are done in the first trimester.

It’s reminiscent of ads that were rejected by the ASC a couple of years ago because they falsely suggested women are having abortions into their 9th month. This absurd notion is based on the logic that because there’s no law against it, people must be doing it.  Right.  It doesn’t take an anarchist to understand that people can figure out how to conduct their personal lives without the government giving them instructions every step of the way, but in their enthusiasm to invite the state back into our bedrooms, anti-choicers miss that point.

Other than that, I’d actually be against pulling it — the fetus fetishists have as much right as organizations like PETA to flog their cause.  And they sometimes get more mileage (not to mention the persecution high they’re forever chasing) from being “censored” than they do when their campaigns run themselves out and die quiet and unremarkable little deaths.

22 Responses to “CHBC-TV pulls anti-abortion commercial”

  1. 1 Torontonian Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Without the message hitting the airwaves, the group got the publicity it so greatly wanted. That was the ultimate goal.
    It’s guerrilla marketing. In other words, create a controversy and let the controversy carry the message rather than the group that sponsors it.

    A Toronto radio station (CFRB) did this recently and the controversy created so much print it gave the station much more coverage than the ad campaign alone would have generated.
    That didn’t lift the station out of its ratings doldrums.

    Charles McVety does the same thing and so did Gordon Sinclair
    back in his day. Sinclair used his 10-minute program to
    say controversial things about fluoridation or the liquor laws or topless waitresses (back in the ’70s) or Democrats or women in the workplace. He was a forerunner to Bill O’Reilly and his ilk.

    Kelowna is the home of Stockwell Day and his brand of Christians. Small wonder that the ad was to appear there.
    His type of Christians need to have their faith reaffirmed from time to time and such an advert as was going to air would do that very thing for those people. To see something like that broadcast on TV would strengthen their belief that their faith is right and valid. To them I would say that in the land of the blind the one-eyed jack is a king.

  2. 2 fern hill Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Torontonian is quite right about the guerrilla marketing. As you are, JJ, about the persecution high.

    But the bottom line is the, er, bottom line.

    Great fundraising tools. And it’s all about the money, however much they bleat about fetuses.

    (‘Gall’ seems to be my word of the week.)

    And these are the people who have the gall to SHRIEEEK about the abortion ‘industry’.

    I’d like to know how much dough is taken by the fetus fetishist industry from nice, gullible Christers.

  3. 3 Janus Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    The little “hand” in that photo is as phony as a lead Tooney. It had adult proportions, not an infant’s.

  4. 4 T. Oen Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I personally think they should of kept the ad active. This is what happens when D@E abortions are performed. Yet all abortions do the same thing;kill innocent human life. They stated this is an extreme tactic but it gets the point across. I have this posted at my blog and I will NOT take it down for any reason. The stage has been set. It’s time to protect human life in all stages.

  5. 5 Dr. Prole Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Kindly mind your own uterus.

  6. 6 JJ Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

    T Oen

    I have this posted at my blog and I will NOT take it down for any reason.

    Aren’t you the brave little womb-cop 🙄 Idiot.

  7. 7 JJ Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Janus – Exactly, which is why the Advertising Standards Council would have ultimately ordered it off the air. Totally misleading, wrong and stupid.

  8. 8 JJ Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Torontonian – It’s not a bad way to go when you don’t have the money for an effective campaign — generate buzz about the commercial itself and more people will see it. This kind of marketing is being done more as media time becomes increasingly cost-prohibitive and less effective.

  9. 9 JJ Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

    fern hill – When Planned Parenthood can pay 2.5 MIL for a spot in the Superbowl, completely funded by the 3% of their business that constitutes abortion services, the fetus humpers might have reason to screech about the “abortion industry”.

  10. 10 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    T.Oen: “It’s time to protect human life in all stages”
    George Carlin put it most succinctly: If you’re pre-born, you’re fine, if you’re pre-school, you’re fucked.
    Abortion is not an issue of morality or the sanctity of human life, it is an issue of control, as in who controls whom.
    The same people who bleat endlessly about the sancity of human life say and do nothing when it comes to post-natal care for mothers and children at risk. They would gladly send somebody’s child to die in a foreign land, but would not lift a finger to offer aid to a disabled veteran of that war.
    In India, mothers drown or strangle their female children at birth, because the entire burden of raising and nurturing those female children, who are regarding as less worthy than male children, rests with the mothers.
    You might tell us that none of that is your problem. Fair enough.
    If it’s not your problem, it’s not your business. – CTZen

  11. 11 JJ Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    CTZen – Good luck getting one of these psychos to recognize their own hypocrisy. It’s a dirty job, but I guess someone has to do it, eh?

  12. 12 Torontonian Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    If there is a dismantling of CanWest Global TV, this station in Kelowna is one that Jimmy Pattison wants to buy.
    He’s a shameless rip-snorting evangelical out there on the
    left coast.

    Pattison started life as a dealer in automobiles. He’s made
    a lot of money in it but he’s not risen much higher than a car dealer.

  13. 13 JJ Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Torontonian – Oh yes, having lived out here in BC for 25 years, I’m quite familiar with Jimmy Pattison.

    Pattison owns almost everything out here, from car lots to media to real estate. He’s come a long way from the days he used to fire the salesman with the lowest sales figure every month. I believe he’s a Pentacostal, the ones who “speak in tongues” 😯

  14. 14 Bene D Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Telecaster is self membership and none regulatory.

    (second time in a week I’ve been down this road:^)

    Kudos to CHBC. And kudos to people who took the time to let CHBC know they were not amused.

    Commericals are looked at from the following criteria:

    a) Public decency
    b) Health & safety issues
    c) Violence (realistic/comedic)
    d) Sexual innuendo
    e) Moral, legal and/or ethical issues in modern-day society
    f) Language issues
    g) Alcohol “Unbranded”

    “TVB is a resource centre and commercial clearance body. While we clear commercials for our members stations, this is part of the self-regulation process which broadcasters do to ensure that the commercials they air on behalf of advertisers meet a certain set of minimum guidelines. TVB has no role in regulating broadcasters, broadcast distributors, or the programming which they air.”

  15. 15 Bina Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    That hand looks fake to me. Entirely too healthy and pink to have come from a severed fetus at any stage, and the proportions don’t look right either. Can you say PLASTIC, boys ‘n’ girls?

    So no, this is NOT what happens during an abortion. And if it’s third-trimester, chances are the fetus is already dead and is being removed so that it doesn’t end up killing the woman as well. Meaning, it REALLY isn’t so rosy and pretty.

    But hey, ghoulfriend of the anti-choice persuasion, thanks for playing. 🙄

  16. 16 carmel Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    The only way for evil to persists is for good people to do nothing…. so why do you have to attack good people? I never heard of a person dying from not having sex! But I’ve heard of millions of babies dying from irresponsible people having sex! If you know you are not able to support a child, don’t be having sex, because there seem to be no guaranteed birth control on the market. Also, there are lots of health risks to having an abortion, but nobody ever talks about that. I think alot of people are selfish and using abortion as a form of birth control. I heard alot of my friends saying while they were in the heat of the moment, and stopping to put a condom on would have spoiled their fun, because our society is practically telling people to go ahead have sex, I also have friends who are good christians who use the calender method, and have just had two kids which they planned and no more, so really everybody else is jinxed?

  17. 17 croghan27 Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Greetings all and especially hello to carmel ….

    My parents, good Catholics that they were, also used the ‘calendar’ method (RC roulette) and the result was …..Why hello there … 🙂 moi!

    Dear old Dad was 58 when I appeared upon the scene – rather an advanced age for fathering. But,good man that he was and responsible parent – he belatedly changed all his carefully laid out ‘after retirement’ plans and went about his fatherly duties.

    Calenders are very good indeed for telling the date, month and year, perhaps for planning vacations …. for reflecting when to or not to have sex – they suck!

  18. 18 JJ Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

    carmel – How nice for you. But some people don’t want to use vaginal mucous thermometers and calendars to tell them when it’s okay to fuck. Okay?

  19. 19 Evilasgood Friday, September 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

    A Culture with blood on its hands never wants to face the reality of what it as been complicit or even complacent in, especially something as horrific as killing our own children.

    This is why we can look, but we cannot see; we can hear, but we cannot understand.

    The day is coming when unborn child killing will be but an unsightly, dreadful blight on our past.

  20. 20 JJ Friday, September 3, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hi Marlon. How goes the fetus fetishizing in the BC interior?

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