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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 28, 2008

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National Abortion Federation Denounces Misleading Anti-Abortion Ad Campaign in Canada

Saporta: This is another example of an anti-abortion organization using misleading images and misinformation to advance their agenda of banning abortion.

Toronto, ON - Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) condemned Life Canada's national anti-abortion ad campaign.

The image in the ad is of a nine-month-pregnant woman and the text of the ad states, "Nine months: the length of time abortion is allowed in Canada. No medical reason needed. Abortion, have we gone too far?"

"This is another example of an anti-abortion organization using misleading images and misinformation to advance their agenda of banning abortion. Doctors in Canada only provide abortion care up until 23 weeks 6 days from a woman's last menstrual period unless a woman's health or life is at risk or the fetus has a lethal anomaly," said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of NAF. "These types of tactics and propaganda used by anti-abortion advocates often backfire and even those who oppose abortion often object to the misleading images and misinformation."

The cities of Fredericton, New Brunswick and Kelowna, British Columbia have refused to run these ads on public transportation and Hamilton, Ontario has decided to pull the ads, citing that they were "offensive" and "controversial."

"Women deserve accurate information when making decisions about an unintended pregnancy," said Saporta. "Groups that peddle misinformation in the hope of dissuading women from obtaining abortion care are doing women a great disservice."

NAF provides unbiased, factual information about abortion care through our toll-free Hotline (1-800-772-9100) and website (www.prochoice.org ).

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The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in Canada and the United States. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. Our members include health care professionals at clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals, who together care for more than half the women in both countries who choose abortion each year. For more information, visit our website at www.prochoice.org.

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