Twitter censors pro-life ad saying abortion supporters favor ‘killing babies’
October 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The latest pro-life ad Twitter censored was deemed unacceptable because it used the term “killing babies.”
The Susan B. Anthony List sought to run an ad on Twitter comparing Virginia Attorney General candidates Mark Herring and John Adams.
The ad accurately described Herring as a “pro-abortion radical” who supports taxpayer-funded abortions, late-term abortions, and abortions on minors without parental consent.
“Herring’s backers even want partial-birth abortion, barbarically killing babies as they’re being delivered,” the ad explained. “Mark Herring is just too extreme.”
“It seems to us that Twitter should be less offended about what we're saying about abortion, than what the Abortion Industry is actually doing to unborn babies,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, wrote in an email to supporters.
Twitter removed the ad several days after SBA List posted it, the pro-life political group said.
Twitter has come under fire from pro-life advocates and conservatives this year due to a pattern of censoring pro-life messages.
In June, Live Action announced that Twitter was preventing it from running ads about defunding Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain. Live Action’s content was deemed “inflammatory” and “offensive.”
Earlier this month, Twitter blocked Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, who is running for U.S. Senate, from advertising her work investigating Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby body parts.
Blackburn’s statement, “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts” was “an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” according to Twitter.
Several days later after much backlash, Twitter reversed its decision.
On October 11, SBA List reached out to Twitter about their ad for the Virginia Attorney General race, wondering if Twitter would reverse its stance as it did for Blackburn.
Twitter hasn’t responded.
In June, an SBA List ads targeting Georgia’s special election was blocked because it used the words “pro-abortion extremist” to describe Jon Ossoff, the Planned Parenthood-backed Democratic candidate.
SBA List told LifeSiteNews that Twitter’s policy team told them:
“This Tweet is blocked due to its calling Jon Ossoff a 'pro-abortion extremist.' We permit standard political discourse on Twitter Ads, but characterizing a pro-choice political opponent in this manner is not permitted. 'Pro-abortion' would be allowed by itself in a political ad of this sort. The same standard would apply if an advertiser called someone an anti-choice/pro-life extremist.”
Twitter’s crackdown on SBA List’s tweets began when the group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, tweeted an image of Mother Teresa.
“Abortion is profoundly anti-women,” Dannenfelser tweeted, using the hashtag #adaywithoutawoman.
“A Day Without a Woman” was a campaign by the organizers of the pro-abortion Women’s March against President Trump. It asked women to skip work that day, only shop at small minority- or female-owned businesses, and wear red.
The image tweeted by Dannenfelser contained one of the saint’s famous quotes, “Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.”
SBA List was also not allowed to promote tweets from Dannenfelser asking people to envision “a day without abortionists.”
Twitter cited its “Health and pharmaceutical products and services” policy in preventing SBA List from running ads asking people to encourage their Congressmen to vote to defund Planned Parenthood. That policy says, “Twitter restricts the promotion of health and pharmaceutical products and services.”
There was nothing in the ad promoting a health or pharmaceutical product or service.
In March 2017, Planned Parenthood promoted similar political ads on Twitter, asking people to contact a Congressman to vote in favor of funding the abortion giant. It seems the abortion giant could advertise this on Twitter without issue.
“In the 21st century, reaching people on platforms like Twitter is essential,” said Dannenfelser. “But unfortunately, many of these big tech companies are run by pro-abortion advocates who censor pro-life speech from their platforms.”