YouTube suspended another pro-life account last week, calling its promotion of the abortion pill reversal procedure “harmful” and “dangerous.”
The Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) account on YouTube shares videos about the medical procedure and its effectiveness in reversing the abortion drug mifepristone (RU-486) and saving unborn babies’ lives. Some videos also feature women whose unborn babies were saved, thanks to the new procedure.
But, according to Heartbeat International, reporting at The Federalist, the media giant YouTube suspended the pro-life group’s account for “repeated or severe violations of [the] Community Guidelines” last week.
YouTube told the group that it “doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.”
Here’s more from the report:
Heartbeat International, which took the reins of the APR Network and Hotline (1-877-558-0333) just weeks ago, has begun the formal appeal process with YouTube. Heartbeat is no stranger to efforts to silence the life-saving APR message. Despite its safety and efficacy, the protocol has come under fire from abortion advocates, who oppose a woman’s right to choose not to finish an unwanted abortion. Since early 2016, Heartbeat International has successfully defeated multiple efforts by California bureaucrats to prevent nurses from learning about the life-saving protocol.
“It’s hard to understand why YouTube would treat the rescuing of babies from an abortion pill the same as terrorism videos,” said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International. “On closer investigation, we believe YouTube will find that these videos in no way resemble such dangerous or harmful content.”
As currently administered, a drug-induced abortion involves taking mifepristone, or RU-486, which makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. One or two days later, a second drug, misoprostol, is taken to induce contractions and expel the unborn child.
The reversal process, which is gaining in usage as it becomes more widely known, can reverse the impact of the first drug by giving women high doses of progesterone.
Abortion activists and their friends at the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology repeatedly have criticized the abortion pill reversal procedure as “junk science” and claimed there is no “medically-accepted evidence” that the reversal works.
However, doctors who developed the reversal say more than 400 unborn babies have been saved from abortion as a result of the treatment. And even prestigious Yale School of Medicine Dr. Harvey Kliman told the New York Times that the treatment “makes biological sense,” and he would recommend it to his own daughter.
A peer-reviewed study in April similarly showed the safety and effectiveness of the life-saving reversal procedure.
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Pro-life advocates and conservatives increasingly have become concerned about online censorship on widely-used social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Earlier this year, YouTube also censored a video exposing Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda.
In October, Twitter rejected an ad from pro-life Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn because she mentioned Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby body parts. Twitter later reversed its decision after LifeNews and other news outlets reported about the matter.
Facebook and Twitter have blocked other pro-life advertisements in the past, as well.
In September, Live Action, the youth-centered pro-life organization known for its undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood, said Twitter has been censoring its ads. Live Action and founder Lila Rose said the social media site blocked their ability to advertise and told them to change information on their websites if they want to start advertising again.
Twitter also refused to run an ad from the Susan B. Anthony List in the fall because it contained the phrase “killing babies.”
LifeNews.com, which is the leading pro-life news website on the Internet and the only one specifically devoted to pro-life issues, has long believed that Facebook has been suppressing its traffic.