The full-page ad that appeared in Wednesday's edition of USA Today is another in a string of attempts to discredit Salt Lake City's bid for the 1998 Winter Games because of Utah's new, tough abortion law.

A spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said the USOC has received about 175 identically worded postcards from across the country asking that Salt Lake City not represent America in the competition for the Games.There have also been about 150 similar telephone calls opposing the selection of Salt Lake City and about 50 letters written by supporters of Utah's law.

The National Organization for Women has endorsed its Utah chapter's call for an economic boycott of Utah that includes battling the state's bid to host the Olympics.

USOC spokesman Mike Moran said the postcards were counted and then thrown away. The telegrams sent by respondents to the USA Today will meet the same fate.