On January 12, 2017, after receiving several complaints, WTOP pulled a paid radio advertisement from the Susan B. Anthony List regarding taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

Ad Script:

“It’s a fact: Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion business.

…nearly a million abortions in the last three years.

Its executives were caught on tape bragging about selling baby body parts.

Under federal investigation, Planned Parenthood spent thirty million last election on political activism, not women’s healthcare. 

It’s time for Congress to act.

It’s time to redirect Planned Parenthood’s funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care to women, not abortions.

Paid for by Susan B. Anthony List”

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser commented, “Susan B. Anthony List has learned from Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP that it will discontinue airing our paid advertisement regarding taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. “This regrettable response to our radio spot on one of the lead topics in the current national debate is shameful for a First Amendment institution like WTOP.”

Per National Review, according to Mallory Quigley, communications director for SBA, the station gave no reason for pulling the ad other than that they had received listener complaints. “They wanted us to change the content of the ad.” “When we refused, they pulled it and refunded us.”

So a question from Capitol Communicator to the advertising, media and advocacy professionals reading this, “What do you think of WTOP’s decision based on the script?”

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