Abortion Ad Making Some Motorists Mad

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A new [Manhattan Mini Storage] ad on the West Side Highway (pictured) that uses allusions to coat hanger abortions to try to sell storage space has [finally gotten the mainstream media’s attention](http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=72640). “Your closet space is shrinking as fast as her right to choose,” reads the large billboard at 44th Street and 12th Avenue. A coat hanger is pictured in the background. The ad is part of a [ballsy print campaign](http://www.nysun.com/article/51510) that takes jabs at the Bush administration with [such gems](http://www.papermag.com/blogs/2007/03/manhattan_ministorage_ads.php) as “Your closet’s scarier than Bush’s agenda” and “Your closet is so narrow it makes Cheney look liberal.”

NY1 ran the story after an offended viewer called the station to complain. Other passersby interviewed agreed that the ad crosses the line and called for its removal: “I think it’s kind of crazy that they put it up there like that,” one New Yorker, Dalton Adams, told the cameras. “I think it’s a little disrespectful. I think it’s a little inconsiderate and it’s big! I mean, it’s not hidden, people can see it.” Not hidden? Well, that’s kinda sorta why they call it advertising. But others are praising the company for taking a risk and not shying away from politically-charged messaging: "This is fantastic. We love Manhattan Mini Storage,” Vanessa Valenti, who works for a reproductive rights organization, told the station. “It was really refreshing to see a private company take a stand on such an important issue.” This [isn’t the first time] that Manhattan Mini Storage’s ads have raised eyebrows. Past billboards have featured head-turning [zingers](http://www.nypost.com/seven/04022007/gossip/pagesix/closet_ambush_pagesix_.htm) like “Your closet's so shallow, it makes Paris look deep,” and “Don't make us send 5 queer guys to your place.”

You can read what the blogosphere has been saying about the campaign [here] and [here](http://www.subwayfox.net/index.php?q=node/297). We contacted the company, but, unfortunately, they didn’t return our calls for comment.

Photo courtesy of [subwayfox.net]

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