Keep Women’s Reproductive Health Care Ads On Air


Target: Wendy Goldberg, Senior Vice President for Communications at Clear Channel

Goal: Don’t pull women’s reproductive health care advertisements for violating “decency standards”

Recently a women’s reproductive health care clinic purchased air time on Clear Channel radio stations, but the media company pulled the ads for violating “decency standards.” Tell Clear Channel that women’s health care is not indecent, and urge them to reinstate the ads.

South Wind Women’s Center (SWWC) is a full-spectrum women’s reproductive health care clinic that offers, among other services, abortion care. The clinic opened following the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion advocate who provided late-term abortions in Kansas. SWWC purchased air time to run two advertisements for its services on several Clear Channel radio stations, but Clear Channel chose to remove the ads, claiming that they violated the media company’s “decency standards.” Clear Channel runs advertisements for an “adult boutique” and “male enhancement” products, and yet it determined that women’s health care is indecent. The media company clearly values a vocal anti-abortion minority’s opinion over women’s reproductive health.

Clear Channel’s decision to pull SWWC’s advertisements sets a troubling precedent for women’s access to safe and accurate information about reproductive health in Kansas. In addition to preventing women from getting information about legal and safe reproductive care, Clear Channel is restricting free enterprise by removing the ads. Large media companies should not allow a vocal minority’s politics to inform their “decency standards,” especially when the advertisements in question provide legal, safe and accurate  information to the community.

Tell Clear Channel that access to reproductive health care for women is never indecent, and demand that it run SWWC’s advertisements by taking a moment to sign the petition below.


Dear Wendy Goldberg,

I urge you to run advertisements paid for by South Wind Women’s Center. These advertisements were pulled because they allegedly violated Clear Channel’s “decency standards,” yet you continue to run ads for an “adult boutique” and “male enhancement” products. It is clear that Clear Channel values a vocal minority’s conservative politics, not “decency.”

Women have a right to know about legal and safe reproductive health care, including abortion care. SWWC provides vital services to their community, and advertisement of their services is anything but indecent.

Clear Channel is restricting free enterprise by choosing to pull these advertisements. I urge you to re-instate the advertisements and allow SWWC to broadcast a message that safe and legal women’s reproductive health care is readily available within the community.


[Your Name Here]

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