Jan 152015
 

One of the latest manifestations of our pro-life versus pro-choice struggle is the emergence of health clinic ads that have offered abortion services which these clinics did not provide. With ads for “abortion care” and “pregnancy alternatives,” Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) are organizations that counsel pregnant women against having abortions. These centers are usually operated by churches or other organizations that oppose abortion. CPCs provide abortion, pregnancy and childbirth counseling. Some of these organizations also offer financial assistance, child-rearing resources and adoption referrals. Most CPCs have recently changed their advertising approach and are no longer running these types of ads. However, many studies by many groups and individuals have found that CPC centers routinely disseminate false medical information, such as the health risks of abortion, to vulnerable women. Advocates claim one should not be misled when seeking health care, especially during pregnancy. They wish to prohibit these and other types of deceptive advertising which target women’s services. CPC supporters say their right to counsel these women is permitted under the free speech protections of our First Amendment.

Pending Legislation:

S.981 & H.R.2030 – Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current abortion advertising policy and wish to defeat S.981 & H.R.2030

I support requiring the Federal Trade Commission to promulgate rules to prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, a person from advertising with the intent to deceptively create the impression that: such person is a provider of abortion services if such person does not provide such services, or such person is not a provider of abortion services if such person does provide such services, and wish to pass S.981 & H.R.2030

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Jan 152015
 

More than $15 billion a year is spent on advertising targeted at children, $4 billion by our fast food industry alone. The reason for these expenditures could be due to the fact that children directly influence the buying decisions of at least $200 billion spent on food purchases each year. Our Surgeon General has declared childhood obesity a national epidemic. Overweight children are showing up in our doctor’s offices with adult health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Some even show early warning signs of heart disease. Also, it is estimated that the average American child watches between 25,000 to 40,000 TV commercials each year, about double the amount that British children view. Children who watch Saturday morning TV view more than twice as many ads for unhealthy foods as do adults during programs airing after 9pm.

As junk-food ads have the potential to harm the health of children’s bodies, some say that viewing inappropriate media may have detrimental effects on the health of their minds. Our Federal Trade Commission says our entertainment industries routinely market adult-rated movies, music and video games to children under 17 years old. Only some of these manufacturers have put content warning labels on their products, but even so, adult-rated video games continue to be easily purchased by children most of the time. Studies have found that even in retail stores with programs to restrict such sales, minors were successful in purchasing restricted video games more than 70% of the time. Congress has long asked these industries to voluntarily and accurately rate their products for violent and adult content, and to prevent children’s access to this material. Studies on the possible link between video games and aggression have been inconclusive.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.287 – Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act

I oppose reforming current child advertising policy and wish to defeat H.R.287

I support prohibiting shipping or distributing in interstate commerce, selling, or renting a video game the outside packaging of which does not display a label containing an age-based content rating determined by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ERSB); directing the Federal Trade Commission to require all retail establishments that sell video games to display information about the ESRB content rating system; prohibiting any person from selling or renting video games containing the ESRB content rating of: “adults only” to any person under the age of 18, or “mature” to any person under the age of 17; treating violations of such requirements and prohibitions as an unfair or deceptive act or practice subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 per violation, and wish to pass H.R.287

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to prohibit junk-food television advertisements during the hours programmed for children

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Jan 152015
 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) say more than 30 mortgage advertisers are responsible for ads that make false or deceptive claims. These companies include mortgage lenders, brokers, real estate agents and home builders. The FTC and CFPB are investigating whether these advertisers have broken federal laws that protect us from misleading ads. These agencies share enforcement authority over non-bank mortgage advertisers such as mortgage lenders, brokers, servicers and advertising agencies. These questionable ads offer very low fixed-rate loans, guaranteed approval and low monthly payments. However, they do not disclose the loan’s details and conditions which are likely to disqualify many hopeful borrowers. Some of these ads also contain statements, images, symbols and abbreviations that suggest the advertiser is affiliated with a government agency.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.1706: Mortgage Settlement Monitoring Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current mortgage advertising policy and wish to defeat H.R. 1706

I support establishing the Office of the Independent Monitor to determine the compliance with its terms of all parties to the amended consent orders (settlement) finalized on February 28, 2013, between the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and 11 mortgage servicing companies subject to enforcement actions for unsafe and unsound practices related to residential mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing, as well as any future agreement between the Board and the Office and a mortgage servicing company, and wish to pass H.R.1706

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