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Anti Choice Super Bowl Ads

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I didn’t want to have to do this article. I wish we didn’t have to be subjected to the ignorance of anti abortion radical Randal Terry, and his graphic images. I do not advise you search him on the internet or go to his website. Without any prior warning on the site, the numerous images are horrendous and haunting, and as I am sure he intended, will never leave me. Despite that, I will not be swayed from my beliefs. His way is not in my opinion the right way to get a point across, and the trauma that it has the potential to cause whoever comes upon the images is vile and unnecessary. ~Suzanne Gregory

Randall Terry is an American anti-abortion activist responsible for founding the anti abortion organization Operation Rescue. He is also running as a democratic nominee for the 2012 Presidential election.

If you haven’t heard of him as a presidential candidate, don’t think it is because you are out of the loop. The whole objective of his campaign is to air a commercial during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 that shows graphic photographs of aborted fetuses.

Normally television stations can refuse to run ads that include graphic content. However, Federal Communications Commission rules dictate that TV stations have to run ads paid for by presidential campaigns that are within 45 days of a presidential primary or caucus. This is Terry’s sole reason for running in the election.

Terry bought television time in 11 markets with anticipation of buying time in 20 more, to air graphic anti abortion ads during the biggest game of the year.
"I am running these TV ads to help create a national crisis of conscience concerning child killing, in order to restore the full protection of law for unborn babies," said Terry. "We must make it a crime to murder a human being from conception till natural death."

Fortunately, Buffalo will not have the vile misfortune of seeing Terry's ads. The New York primary is not scheduled until April, making it further than 45 days away.

On Friday the FCC ruled that the WMAQ-TV station in Chicago was reasonable to conclude that “Terry did not make a substantial showing that he is a legally qualified candidate entitled to reasonable access to broadcast stations in Illinois.” Therefore they are allowed to refuse running the ad, and have decided to do just that.

The anti abortion ads have already run in several states where Terry appeared on the Democratic ballot including, in New Hampshire where the primary was held January 10th. Stations did receive complaints by unsettled viewers who viewed the commercial.

Terry and some congressional candidates including Angela Michael, a candidate for Congress in Illinois' 15th District sponsored the ads that will run Super Bowl Sunday in 11 markets in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Indiana where the Super Bowl will take place. Airtime during the game itself has only been purchased in two markets, but Terry would not disclose which ones.

His next plan is to buy and run the graphic ads during the Grammy Awards show on Sunday Feb. 12.

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