Update on Wichita radio station’s refusal to air ads for abortion clinic

As we’ve reported in the last few weeks, Clear Channel in Wichita, Kansas, has been refusing to air ads for the local reproductive health clinic, South Wind Women’s Center. The ads, Clear Channel says, are “indecent.” Not indecent? Ads for “male enhancement,” and for local adult book shops (man, that’s a lot of euphemisms. Boner pills and porn, folks).

But, the awesome Women Action and the Media, helmed by friend of the site Jaclyn Friedman, launched a big campaign to get Clear Channel to reconsider their position. A petition, tweets, emails, and a fair bit of totally-merited public shaming, because there is nothing indecent about healthcare, and the people of Wichita shouldn’t be kept in the dark about available health services because Clear Channel is squeamish about abortion. And South Wind shouldn’t be punished with a bullshit double standard, which is clearly what’s going on here.

I’m pleased to report that yesterday, Wichita Clear Channel met with South Wind. According to WAM!:

…the meeting was cordial and productive, and that the representatives of Clear Channel were eager to learn more about South Wind Women’s Center and the critical health services it provides… and will let South Wind know the results of that reconsideration by the end of next week.

So, WAM! has decided not to deliver their petition to the radio station yet, “as a show of good faith, while Clear Channel is re-evaluating its position on South Wind’s ads.” But, WAM! is encouraging supporters of South Wind, and of access to reproductive healthcare everywhere, to keep signing and spreading the petition. So if you haven’t signed it yet, go do that! We’ll keep you posted on how the situation is progressing.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    my gut reaction to this meeting is to badly paraphrase audre lorde, in that it is a common tool of the oppressor to keep the oppressed bogged down with explaining/informing/educating on their plight…the master’s tools will not dismantle the master’s house.

    • Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

      I agree. “WAM politely blown off” is not a good result.

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