YouTube Yanks Another Pro-Life Video, Exposing Barack Obama on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

YouTube Yanks Another Pro-Life Video, Clip Exposes Barack Obama on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 19
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — YouTube, the popular video sharing web site, has yanked yet another pro-life video — this one exposing the pro-abortion policies of presidential candidate Barack Obama. The Kansas Coalition for Life produced a video titled "Obama: WRONG Change for Children."

The video included information about Obama’s voting record on abortion-related bills, but YouTube blocked the video yesterday.

The video resembles a campaign commercial and deals with Obama’s abortion record and the producer tells he thinks YouTube specifically removed it because it was negative towards Obama.

It contains one graphic abortion photo and a diagram of the partial birth abortion procedure.

Bill Claydon, the producer, told, "I was just getting ready to attach a link to our web site and to begin our promotion of it when it was pulled. They did not give us any explanation whatsoever, except a boiler-plate email covering all types of ‘YouTube Community Guideline Violations.’"

When YouTube removed the video, it gave the Kansas Coalition for Life’s account a community guidelines violation strike and a generic message saying the video has been removed.

"There are lots of pro-life videos containing graphic photos which are allowed to remain, but they don’t mention Obama," Claydon said.

Mark Gietzen, the president of KCFL, also talked about the incident.

He says, "The video is in no way distasteful, pornographic or outside of the ordinary. It does however make a strong point, and we feel that it was pulled only because it makes a simple, clear statement about what Obama’s change is all about."

Earlier this month, YouTube came under fire for blocking an investigative video from the pro-life group Live Action exposing the racist donations Planned Parenthood accepted.

In July, a short film by the pro- life Population Research Institute highlighting dishonest reporting from a pro-choice filmmaker was censored.

YouTube eventually responded to criticism and restored both videos.

Also, YouTube took down a video from Citizens for a Pro-Life Society showing an abortion center that was investigated for illegally dumping medical waste.

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