People in 40 cities across the country may be subjected to a graphic anti-abortion ad while watching the Super Bowl in February.
The ads are the brainchild of anti-abortion crusader Randall Terry, who founded Operation Rescue. The ads claim abortion is mass murder and show what is purported to be images of aborted fetuses.
He mounted a Democratic primary challenge against President Barack Obama to take advantage of a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) loophole that prevents campaign ads from being censored.
FCC-licensed TV stations can reject ads based on graphic content, but they are required by law to run the ads of federal candidates within the 45-day window of any primary election or caucus in a given state.
But the ads will only run in local markets. NBC is not required by law to air the ads.
Terry plans to air the ads in the 40 cities where he will be on the ballot against Obama in Democratic primaries or caucuses. He has already purchased air time for at least one ad.
“There has NEVER been an opportunity like this since Roe vs. Wade brought us child killing on demand,” he said in a fundraising email. “Because I am running for President, the law to run the political ads I see fit, protects me.”
“We will reach TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, and get enormous media coverage as well. And THAT, my friend, is what the babies deserve.”
Terry has previously run the ads in Iowa and New Hampshire.
[H/T: David Badash]