Hulu, the online television company, is coming under fire today from a pro-life group that says it censored two 15-second public service announcement-type commercials that direct women to alternatives to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The commercials (shown below) provide women with a government web site they can use to find legitimate healthcare without going to the scandal-plagued abortion company caught selling aborted baby body parts.
Students for Life of America informed LifeNews.com today of the censorship. The pro-life organization said a Hulu account executive said “Unfortunately we can’t accept ads that surround issues like this. We’ve run it past our ad standards team and it does not fit with the environment.”
“There are certain types of advertisers we do not accept on Hulu: guns, gambling, marijuana, and pro-life/pro-choice. As mentioned, this is decided on by senior leadership here at Hulu who make the decisions regarding our ad standards,” the Hulu official told SFLA.
But Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins tells LifeNews that Hulu has run at least one commercial from Planned Parenthood (view here), inciting angry responses from viewers. In 2013, the Planned Parenthood abortion company targeted Latinos with Hulu ads.
“The ads were designed to be non-controversial yet reach women who may need to see it the most,” said Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “The only reason Hulu would find this controversial is because Planned Parenthood is currently caught is the middle of a damning scandal, where high-level officials were seen on video discussing the harvesting and sale of baby body parts.”
“This June, Hulu told us they would run our commercials no problem. But last month, after viewing our final versions, they denied us. They said that Hulu won’t run a pro-life commercial,” she said. “We’ve written back and placed calls trying to get them to hear our side — that these aren’t “pro-life” ads but merely non-controversial PSAs and, since they have run numerous Planned Parenthood commercials and commercials for abortion-causing IUDs and chemical birth control, it’s only fair to run our commercials.”
The two 15-second commercials that Hulu denied were animated ads that direct women to a government website to search for local healthcare facilities instead of going into a Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, acknowledged that the organization receives about 86% of its non-governmental revenue from abortion and their annual report shows that for every one adoption referral, they commit 174 abortions.
“We weren’t trying to be controversial. Our commercials never even promote a ‘pro-life’ website. We simply produced these ads to show women that there are federally-funded non-biased options for care. Isn’t that what choice is all about?” said Hawkins. “Hulu is censoring content and it’s a shame to see them do this because our commercials are designed to help women, not exploit them like Planned Parenthood does.”
“The only reason Hulu is now saying our commercials are too controversial is because Planned Parenthood was caught this July in a damning scandal, with high-level officials captured on video discussing the harvesting and sale of baby body parts,” she told LifeNews. “Our team has been working to identify additional TV outlets that will run our commercials and I’m confident that in the next few days I’m going to have a positive update to share with you. However, our first choice and priority is to get these commercials on Hulu.”
While Hulu has denied the ads, Comcast has recently agreed to run them, Hawkins says.
ACTION: Contact Hulu here to complain.