A pro-abortion group wants pro-life ads off the airwaves during Kansas City Royals baseball broadcasts.
Activists who support the right to abortion in this country have also taken issue with advertisements at the Royals stadium itself. UltraViolet, an advocacy group, claimed the Royals have made the baseball experience “propaganda” by airing ads from a pro-life research group called the Vitae Foundation.
“Ultraviolet’s outrage is aimed at radio ad buys during Royals’ broadcasts, and a sponsorship that allows an announcement about Vitae Foundation and a foundation logo shown on the scoreboard,” Kathy Ostrowski, the policy and research director for Kansans for Life — the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee — wrote in an op-ed on Life News.
The Vitae Foundation has had a partnership with the Royals since the start of the 2016 season, according to the Kansas City Star.
“It is primarily a radio advertisement buy,” Mike Swanson, Royals vice president for communications and broadcasting, told the Star. “Vitae has similar agreements with other sports properties and media outlets.”
An electronic scoreboard at games shows, along with other announcements, an advertisement from Vitae that reads: “VITAE Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary of Life-Saving Media /A Real Game Changer.” It also shows an image of a mother and baby, according to Life News.
“Separate from the ad campaign and as a general manner of practice, the club takes no official position on culturally sensitive issues,” Swanson said.
Yet UltraViolet circulated a petition for the Royals to cut ties with the Vitae Foundation.
“The Vitae Foundation lies and manipulates the public by spreading extreme, deceptive anti-choice propaganda not only to those seeking reproductive health care options, but also to young children,” Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet, said in a statement. The advertisements are “unethical” and “deceptive,” the organization claims.
“Indoctrinating our youth and feeding lies to women while they are making decisions about their own bodies is unacceptable and shameful,” Roland said.
Vitae supports women who are going through an unplanned pregnancy by providing information about the available options.
“UltraViolet is actually an online petition group supporting abortion among a variety of liberal causes,” Kansans for Life’s Ostrowski wrote. “The group began in 2015 and is guided by former staff from MoveOn.org. The Vitae Foundation, on the other hand, is a highly respected, Kansas City-area non-profit, formed 25 years ago to ‘encourage a culture of life through research-based messaging and mass media.'”