The radical pro-abortion group NARAL praised Twitter this week for censoring an ad by pro-life U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.
Blackburn, a leading pro-life advocate in the House, announced plans to run for U.S. Senate last week in her home state of Tennessee.
On Monday, however, her campaign said Twitter refused to allow it to advertise a video where Blackburn mentions the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and its sales of aborted baby body parts, the Tennessean reports.
“I know the left calls me a wing-nut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” Blackburn said in the video. “And you know what? I say, that’s all right, bring it on. I’m 100-percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.”
A day later, NARAL blasted Blackburn for supporting the rights of unborn babies and thanked Twitter for refusing to run her ad.
— NARAL (@NARAL) October 10, 2017
The pro-abortion lobbying group also tweeted:
— NARAL (@NARAL) October 10, 2017
Twitter told Blackburn’s campaign that it will run the video ad if they remove the part about Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies’ body parts, according to the report. She still may promote the video on her Twitter account.
Abortion activists have labeled Blackburn an “antagonist” and “firebrand” because she fights for protections for unborn babies.
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The Tennessee Republican has established herself as a champion for the rights of unborn babies. The eight-term congresswoman has a 100-percent pro-life voting record. Most recently, she chaired the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which investigated Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby body parts.
In January, the committee sent numerous criminal and regulatory referrals to federal and state officials regarding Planned Parenthood and other groups involved in the baby body parts trade. Under Blackburn’s leadership, the panel found evidence that several tissue procurement companies and abortion clinics may have violated federal laws prohibiting the sale of human fetal tissue.
Twitter has blocked other pro-life advertisements in the past.
In September, Live Action, the youth-centered pro-life organization known for its undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood, accused Twitter of censoring its ads. Live Action and founder Lila Rose said the social media site blocked their accounts’ ability to advertise. They still can send tweets to their followers, but the advertising block restricts them from reaching a wider audience.
Especially egregious about Twitter’s rejections were its requirements to accept future ads from Live Action. The pro-life group said the social media company wants Live Action to remove “sensitive content” from its own website, not just its Twitter page.
Twitter, Google, Facebook and other online companies have faced heavy criticism for restricting ads, especially from pro-life and conservative groups. Many believe these media giants show a strong liberal bias.
In May, Facebook shut down Right to Life of Michigan’s advertising account for “misleading ads.” After repeatedly asking for more details, the pro-life organization was told that Facebook simply was “unable to take further action regarding this matter.” The pro-life group believes the issue involved an ad about a Michigan abortionist whose license was suspended.
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