The people I know that were deterred from smoking by the ads were already thinking about quitting. Most of the smokers I know wouldn't quit if their life depended upon it. In fact, one friend quit to have surgery, the surgery was cancelled, so they started smoking again.
Graphic antiabortion images will deter those on the fence sympathetic already to being anti-abortion, and steel the resolve of those that already have an opinion or lean toward being pro-choice. Those that are very much against it will continue to be against abortion. Those that are for it will be steeled in their resolve to keep it available. Graphic imagery polarizes the issue more, it doesn't change the mind of anyone that has already formed an opinion. This issue really requires a middle ground. The vast majority of the population is in the middle on the issue of abortion. If both sides were willing to meet in the middle, much would be accomplished. It is precisely those that insist that all abortion for any/all reasons is murder and unjustifiable that cause those in the middle to go father toward the pro-choice side. When you can't acknowledge that this is an issue more complex than "yes" or "no" you leave out the many, many cases where there is more gray. Then you lose a great deal of people that would otherwise agree with you. Any one that has lived thru, or personally knows someone that has lived thru an ectopic pregnancy knows that it isn't as simple as many of the people on this thread make it out to be. The very idea of encouraging a woman to endure excruciating pain to give a baby in the womb a couple more days of life is just heartless. Either way the baby will die, either the tube will rupture, mom will be saved and the baby will die. Or the tube will rupture, mom will die, and so will baby. The baby doesn't magically attach to the uterine wall when the tube ruptures. It normally attaches to another vital organ. Then if the woman makes it to viability without bleeding to death from rupture (as most women do since placentas don't attach that well to bladders etc). The few that do survive the placenta being attached elsewhere are in the hospital, monitored for the entire pregnancy. And of those monitored, few survive). She will die from blood loss at delivery. If the doctor is very good, and very fast the baby *might* survive if they operate immediately. I mean IMMEDIATELY, my son almost died from a *partial* placental abruption that occurred 10 minutes before he was born. The uterus contracts to stop bleeding after delivery. The other vital organs can't do that. So the placenta remains attached, and the mother continues bleeding. Then there is the issue of an abdominal versus a uterine pregnancy. If the baby implants outside the womb, how exactly are they supposed to be born? Do you think they magically just pop out of the abdomen like an alien?
I'd like to see the men go thru having a testicle explode, or a woman go thru a tube rupture before they go throwing out words like murder, and chance of life for the child regarding ectopic pregnancy. I can understand and see the rationale with pregnancies due to rape and incest. At least then the life of the mother is not gravely threatened. The emotional well being is certainly threatened. But that is a different argument altogether.