The political arm of Planned Parenthood is accusing NBC of making an “outrageous” decision to turn away an ad that mentions abortion.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund said the broadcaster “belongs in another decade” for allegedly refusing to air an ad for the independent film “Obvious Child” that mentions “abortion.” NBC denies the charge.
“The vast majority of American support access to safe and legal abortion, and they do not see the mere mention of ‘abortion’ as inappropriate on network television,” said PPAF President Cecile Richards in a statement.
“It’s far past time that we had an honest conversation around the lack of honest portrayals of women’s lives in film and media.”
Richards said her group has reached out directly to NBC executives to discuss the matter.
NBC said the Planned Parenthood group has its facts wrong.
“No final spots were submitted to NBC broadcast standards for on-air consideration and NBC Broadcast Advertising Sales was never contacted about a media buy on NBC for spots related to this movie,” said a spokeswoman for NBCUniversal.