The Sydney Archdiocese is backing U.K. bishops in denouncing a television advertisement from an abortion service provider that aired in the United Kingdom this week.

The commercial, produced by Marie Stopes International, one of the biggest abortion providers in the United Kingdom, asks women, “Are you late?” If you’re late for your period, you could be pregnant,” the advertisement states. “If you’re pregnant and don’t know what to do, Marie Stopes International can help.”

The bishops’ conference of England and Wales released a statement denouncing the broadcasting of “services which offer or refer for abortion.”

Today, the Sydney Archdiocese published an article backing the U.K. bishops, affirming that “there is no real public interest involved in the advertising of abortion services.” Chris Meney, director of the Life, Marriage and Family Center, asserted that “it is a corruption of the proper role of broadcasting and communication agencies to employ them in a manner” that promotes the services of those organizations making money from the harm that comes to a mother and child through abortion. Meney added, “A truly caring society needs to offer a vulnerable pregnant mother something better than the deliberate destruction of her unborn baby. Many women who experience an unplanned pregnancy sadly opt for abortion,” he noted. “Their reasons for doing so are rarely about ‘health.'”

SYDNEY, Australia, MAY 27, 2010 (Zenit.org)