Criticized Roberts Abortion Ad Pulled off the Air

August 12 06:18 2005 Print This Article

Fight over Supreme Court begins

WASHINGTON, August 12 – The television ad that aired this week associating U.S. Supreme Court nominee with violent anti-abortion protesters has been pulled off the air. The group behind the ad, NARAL Pro-choice America, confirmed this Thursday night after it was heavily criticized by various parties, especially the conservatives.

The president of NARAL, Nancy Keenan, explained that the advertisement was put out of context by the viewers, overlooking the matter that should be discussed. The ad was aimed at Roberts and linked him to violent anti-abortion protesters simply because of his work on anti-abortion briefs as a government lawyer In 1991. The ad campaign was planned to run for two full weeks on a budget of $500,000 airing on CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC.

How true or untrue it may be, one has to wonder why there are television advertisements for such a purpose. The process of appointing a Supreme Court nominee is done by the Senate and not by the American public. Clearly it would be ridiculous to assume that any Senator would be swayed to change his opinion based on a television commercial.

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