Activist Vows Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads During Super Bowl

Randall Terry launches bid for president to secure ad tme during Super Bowl.

ByABC News
January 18, 2011, 1:51 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2011— -- Veteran anti-abortion activist Randall Terry says he's mounting a Democratic primary challenge to President Obama in 2012, in part to be able to run graphic TV ads showing aborted fetuses during next year's Super Bowl.

Terry, who founded Operation Rescue, unveiled a campaign Web site this week, including three prototype 30-second videos he wants to air during the 2012 NFL football championships and throughout the Democratic primary next year. The videos, narrated by Terry, show bloody and dismembered fetuses following abortions.

He plans to formally announce his candidacy Thursday in front of the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

"I want to pummel Obama. I despise this presidency. He is the arch child killer of the Western Hemisphere, so I'm going to go head-to-head with him," Terry said in a phone interview.

"My ultimate goal is to make child killing illegal again. And for child killing to be made illegal, there has to be a crisis of conscience; we have to show the victims like we show the Holocaust victims and say never again."

While TV networks occasionally reject ads based on controversial or graphic content, the Federal Communications Act requires broadcasters to provide legally qualified political candidates fair access to ad time and forbids them from censoring ads "in any way, or for any reason."

Terry said he's confident he can raise the $2.5 million for a Super Bowl spot and that CBS would broadcast it.

During the 2010 elections, Terry was the campaign manager for Missy Reilly Smith, a virtually unknown candidate running for D.C. delegate to the U.S. House who raised $66,000 to successfully run a graphic anti-abortion ad 235 times on several local broadcast network affiliates across the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Smith's 30-second ad was deemed so explicit that it was preceded by a 15-second warning that was added by the stations' management.

"We are going to do what Missy did on a scale of 100 times," Terry said. "If I can raise the money, they're [the TV networks] required to sell them to me, they're required to air them."