YouTube Restores Video From Pro-Life Group Exposing Decency Gap Movie

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

YouTube Restores Video From Pro-Life Group Exposing Decency Gap Movie

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 8
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The popular video sharing web site YouTube has restore a pro-life video exposing a pro-abortion documentary after a wave of complaints from pro-life advocates. The web site restored both the Spanish and English versions of the video after removing it on what pro-life advocates say was false grounds.

The video shows Carlos Polo, a pro-life advocate in Latin America affiliated with the Population Research Institute, in conversation with pro-abortion activist Eve Reinhardt.

Reinhardt had obtained an interview with Polo, who is based in Peru, by assuring him that she was impartial and balanced.

Polo, however, discovered that she was affiliated very closely with a pro-abortion documentary project called The Decency Gap. He brought his own cameraman to the interview and confronted Reinhardt, accusing her of deliberately misleading him.

Shortly after posting the video, the web site for The Decency Gap vanished, and YouTube removed the video citing vague "terms of use violations" as their reason for the censorship.

David Uebbing, senior editor of a Catholic news web site which produced the video, said YouTube never contacted him about taking it down, though he’s happy it has finally been restored.

"CNA is glad to see that the various pro-abortion groups who are exposed by this video did not prevail in the end," Uebbing said. "The Decency Gap and its affiliates need to be held accountable for their true aims and I’m happy to see that YouTube agreed to restore our video."

Google owns YouTube, and Google representative Victoria Katsarou emailed the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper about the episode.

"The videos were removed in error and subsequently restored. YouTube is, and has always been, a forum for free expression," Katsarou said.

After YouTube initially removed the video, Uebbing reported it with a message that YouTube had censored the original. The video sharing web site pulled that video as well.

The video is entitled "The Decency Gap" / Eve Reinhardt, and can be found here. Already, more than 1,000 people have viewed the video since YouTube restored it.

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