The Daily Aztec, San Diego State University's student newspaper, will accept abortion advertisements under a revised advertising policy drafted by a committee of the publication's editors and managers.
The new policy, which was adopted on Monday by a vote of 5 to 2, will have to be approved by the SDSU Publications Authority next week before it is enacted. Meanwhile, the paper will continue the controversial ban of abortion-related ads.
The issue arose last month, when Editor-in-Chief Jon Petersen, acting on his own authority, decided that the newspaper would no longer accept advertisements for abortion-related services. Petersen, who opposes abortion, argued that abortion "oppresses the rights of the unborn," and that accepting the ads would be condoning an immoral act.
Petersen's decision led to dissent within the staff and protests from some community groups, including the Womancare Clinic. A campus pro-choice rally held last week demonstrated wide disagreement with the ban. Womancare called for a boycott by the newspaper's advertisers, and ad revenue began to decline.