Pregnant Labour MP Stella Creasy has called a graphic anti-abortion billboard campaign which features an unborn foetus in her constituency “vile”.
Creasy said she has been the target of harassment by activists from the Centre fo Bio-Ethical Reform UK, which has posted such adverts on bus stops and billboards, as well as a phone box in the Walthamstow area.
Taking to Twitter, the MP shared images of the billboard and wrote: “Twitter-can you get me the CEO of @CCUK_Direct advertising? how much did you get for this crap? @metpoliceuk still think this is just 'free speech' and not harassment of women in walthamstow? Am sorry for the graphic images and @patel4witham am reaching out to you for help now”.
The image shows a foetus at nine weeks, as having clearly defined fingers and toes, however according to the NHS, a nine-week-old foetus is 22mm long and has grooves where the fingers would be.
In response, Clear Channel Direct, which owns the advertising space removed the billboard and apologised. They tweeted:
We apologise for a recent billboard campaign in Walthamstow. We have removed this campaign and are reviewing our internal processes.
The billboard ads follow a campaign against the MP after her peers approved an amendment to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland with a vote by 332 to 99.
The Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform had set up a website against her which read:
Stella Creasy deliberately conceals in all her public statements and dialogue on abortion … the humanity of the unborn child and what an abortion procedure actually entails.
Yet when she is speaking about her own baby in her womb, and her previous miscarriages, she speaks openly on their humanity.
People, including fellow MPs came out in support of Creasy