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CAP and BCAP code review

April 10th, 2009 (04:07 pm)

This may be of interest to some or none of you. After hearing on the news this morning about the new Archibishop of Westminster calling on Catholics to make their views known, I thought I'd nudge a few people with feelings on this matter in the right direction.

The situation is this; a whole slew of advertising regulations are up for review, specifically regulations pertaining to sexual health and/or family planning advice. The issues that the Archbishop is taking exception to in particular are allowing condom ads before 9pm* and allowing independent family planning clinics (such as Marie Stopes, who offer - among other things - abortions and sterilisations) to advertise their existence.

What exactly is the Archbishop urging his acolytes to participate in? The CAP and BCAP code review consultation. CAP is the "medium neutral" advertising regulatory body - this includes, for example, billboards, magazines and cinema ads - and BCAP is specifically the broadcast advertising regulator. On the above page, scroll to the bottom and you'll find links to the code review in each case, and a handy word document for typing out your responses to each point into. You don't need to respond to all points, only the ones you have an interest in. Print off the covering letter, print off your comments, lick a stamp and send it in.

It's likely to be a pretty dull way to spend half and hour, but if you object to having a religious group force it's values into national regulations, I'd say it's well worth it.

Of course, I'm not telling you what to write - I expect me and madelgine will probably have differing views on allowing abortion clinics to advertise - but it's in everybody's interest to make your voice heard.

* rather disingenuously attacking the NHS condom ads as promoting drunk and public sex; ignoring the fact that the content of these ads are completely consistent with their target and message (condoms as prophylactics for promiscuous individuals), contrasted by the adverts I've seen by, for example, Durex (condoms as contraceptives for faithful, monogamous couples).

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Posted by: wolodymyr (wolodymyr)
Posted at: April 10th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks for posting this.

There are some Catholics who, if they couldn't go around calling people whores, wouldn't have anything to do with their time. There are a fair number of people in general for whom this is true, I'll grant, but there are also a fair number of Catholics who do this AS Catholics, as in, Calling People Whores Is What Catholicism Means To Me, and my mother's one of them, and...ugh.

Posted by: Madeleine (madelgine)
Posted at: April 12th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)

'the fact that the content of these ads are completely consistent with their target and message (condoms as prophylactics for promiscuous individuals), contrasted by the adverts I've seen by, for example, Durex (condoms as contraceptives for faithful, monogamous couples).'

Condoms being advertised as prevention against disease rather than against pregnancy for the win. A piece of latex does not a contraceptive make.

(Hypocrisy for the lose. If you don't want women to get abortions, it's ultimately not in your interest to withhold information about sex/protection/contraception from them. Can't have it both ways.)

Posted by: Confused (confuseddave)
Posted at: April 12th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)

Can't have it both ways:

Actually, they really really want it both ways - according to the Catholic viewpoint the role of sex is to produce children, meaning that any family planning except abstinence - whether it's abortion or contraception - are flipsides of the same coin. Look up quiverfull at some point. A cynic might say that large catholic families means more catholics and more money to the church. A different flavour of cynic might say that it's a way of controlling and enslaving women. Take your pick.

As a side note, did you hear about the recent case in Brazil, where Doctors performed an abortion on a 9 year old rape victim - and bear in mind that there were high chances that the girl would die carrying a baby to term - and the church excommunicated everyone associated with her treatment? Proof if it were needed that the Catholic church is evil.

Posted by: Madeleine (madelgine)
Posted at: April 15th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)

I did read about that actually, or if not, something very similar. (If you found out about it online, it's quite possible we followed the same links to get there.) And yes, it's appalling-- thank goodness someone had the sense to terminate it, though.

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