A powerful anti-abortion ad that depicts a 20-week-old baby cradled in the palm of a hand has been rejected by three of the nation’s largest newspapers because it’s too controversial.
The ad, accompanied by the words, “This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours,” was turned down by the Chicago Tribune, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, the National Review Online
Pro-life group, Heroic Media, wanted the ads to run as a way to push the U.S. Senate to approve the Pain-Cabable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was passed by the House last month.
“It seems as though it is okay to talk about the issue in general, but when you actually put a face to the discussion, then it becomes controversial,” Heroic Media Executive Director Joe Young told the National Review.
Of the three newspapers, the Chicago Tribune agreed to run a revised form of the ad that includes an image of a 20-week old baby in utero, instead of the picture of the baby in a person’s hand.
But the Tribune insisted that it be made clear it’s an ad to support a piece of legislation, according to the National Review.
“Tell your Senator to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act and stop abortions from being allowed after 20 weeks when a child feels pain. Stop the war on children,” the ad also reads.
Passed by the House with a vote of 228 to 196, the controversial Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortions nationwide after 20 weeks, which is considered the developmental point at which babies in the womb can experience pain.
But the bill is unlikely to come up for a vote in the Democratically-controlled Senate.
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