Chilean TV station says no to church ads

The top-rated and government funded television station in Chile is refusing to run Roman Catholic ads warning against approval of a divorce law.

Chile, one of the few democracies in the world with no divorce law on its books, is considering a divorce bill in the Chilean Senate in the next few months, the BBC reported.

The Catholic Church has produced several anti-divorce television advertisements, one of which said the children of divorced parents are more likely to have drug, alcohol and behavioral problems, the BBC said.

The South American country's second and third most watched television stations are broadcasting the commercials at no cost to the church as as community service.

Opinion polls in Chile indicate that about 70 percent favor the introduction of the divorce law.