Controversial Political ad
WSVN -- One of the ads you will see on WSVN begins with a woman seemingly having a nightmare that she is having an abortion.
Then the pictures show a fetus cut into pieces, an eye being squeezed. The ads are for a congressional candidate named Randall Terry and are difficult to watch.
Congressional Candidate (I), Randall Terry: "Yes, they are, and we mean them to be difficult to watch because we are trying to cause a crisis of conscience in the voters."
Terry, who lives in West Virginia, is running for congress in South Florida against incumbent Alcee Hastings, which the law allows.
He is a well-known anti-abortionist who has been arrested for protesting across the country. In the ads that will air on Channel 7, he attacks both the President and Alcee Hastings.
Randall Terry: "We want them to put human life ahead of the economy or ahead of party allegiance. If somebody votes for Obama or Hastings they are using their vote to kill babies and murder Christians and Jews around the world."
We showed the ads to Patricia Ireland, the former president of the National Organization for Women.
Patricia Ireland, Advisory Comm. for NOW: "Well, these are really disgusting ads, which is typical of Randall Terry."
Ireland is familiar with Randall Terry.
Patricia Ireland: "These kind of ads and Randall Terry's kind of tactics turn people off. They don't persuade people. They make people go, 'Oh, I don't want to see that.'"
Patrick Fraser: "One ad has already aired. Not surprisingly, a lot of people were not happy. Listen to a few examples from viewers who complained to Channel 7."
Caller: "Your station should be able to distinguish when an add goes too far."
Caller: "What's wrong with you? My child saw it. I guess you will air anything as long as money is right. Changing channel permanently."
But politicians in Washington have passed laws forcing TV stations to air the ads.
WSVN-TV General Manager Bob Leider: "The federal law requires us to run all political ads from federal candidates, and we cannot censor or edit any of these political ads even if they are disgusting and distasteful."
And Terry has bought airtime for his ads during the day, meaning some children might see them. Terry and his wife have four small boys.
Patrick Fraser: "Would you want your children to watch these ads?"
Randall Terry: "My children have seen these images, and we explain to them that bad people are killing babies. Our children need to know that innocent babies are being murdered."
To warn people, Channel 7 is going to air a warning before Terry's ads. It will alert people who don't want to see the disturbing ad, but it won't deter Terry.
Randall Terry: "America is involved in a Holocaust, and we need to bring it to an end, and one of the ways we can bring it to an end is to show these victims, and then to say don't vote for people like Hastings and Obama that promote this slaughter."
Odds are Terry won't beat Alcee Hastings, but he will be remembered for ads many people do not want to see.
When you see the warning before Terry's ad, you may want to make sure your kids aren't around when it airs.
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