Senators Blast Google for Banning Pro-Life Ads: This is “Unacceptable Censorship”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 16, 2021   |   3:40PM   |   Washington, DC

A dozen U.S. Senators wrote a letter Thursday to Google, urging the big tech company to end its ban on life-saving pro-life advertisements.

Earlier this week, Live Action and Heartbeat International said Google removed their ads about the abortion pill reversal protocol and a video about fetal development called “Baby Olivia.” The ban came as abortion activists pressure Google, Facebook and other big tech companies to censor pro-life information and tell mothers that it is “dangerous” to save their babies’ lives.

Live Action and Heartbeat International are appealing the ban, and 11 Republican U.S. Senators supported their request in a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday.

“Google’s pro-life censorship is out of step with the science and reflects an unacceptable bias against pro-life views,” they wrote. “We insist that you immediately reverse this decision.”

The Republican senators slammed the internet giant for its double standards, noting that it still allows abortion groups to advertise deadly, mail-order abortion drugs.

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“While banning pro-life [abortion pill reversal] ads, Google continues to allow ads for purveyors of the deadly abortion pill mifepristone by mail, despite the fact this drug has resulted in at least 24 mothers’ tragic deaths and at least 1,042 mothers being sent to the hospital,” the lawmakers wrote. “Google’s double standard on abortion is disingenuous and an egregious abuse of its enormous market power to protect the billion-dollar abortion industry.”

Signing the letter were Republican U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, of Mississippi; Steve Daines, of Montana; Marsha Blackburn, of Tennessee; Mike Braun, of Indiana; Marco Rubio, of Florida; Mike Lee, of Utah; Ted Cruz, of Texas; Tom Cotton, of Arkansas; and James Lankford and Jim Inhofe, of Oklahoma.

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, of Missouri, also wrote a letter urging Google to stop the censorship of pro-life ads earlier this week.

Censorship by Google means a near blackout of that information online. Google, which owns YouTube and other companies, is one of the most powerful entities in the world, and political leaders in the United States and Europe have been investigating whether Google is violating anti-trust laws.

Pro-life and conservative groups have been feeling the brunt of its censorship powers for years.

“Why they fight so hard to silence us, I struggle to understand. But they do. And they fight dirty,” Cindi Boston-Bilotta, vice president of Heartbeat International, which runs the abortion pill reversal hotline, wrote Tuesday in an email to supporters.

She said Google removed all Abortion Pill Reversal ads at the prompting of abortion activists, and they are pressuring Facebook to do the same.

Studies and medical experts confirm the abortion pill reversal protocol is safe and effective. It works very similarly to a hormonal treatment that has been used for years to help prevent miscarriages.

The censorship comes at a critical time when abortion activists are pushing to expand abortion pills. The Biden administration recently stopped enforcing safety regulations on abortion drugs, meaning abortion groups now can sell them through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person.

Live Action president and founder Lila Rose said Google claims the ads included “misleading content,” “restricted drug terms” and “restricted medical content.”

But Kaylee McGhee White, an opinion writer at the Washington Examiner, said there is no evidence to back these claims.

She wrote:

… in criticism of the treatment by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which Google is citing to justify its crackdown on Live Action, ACOG does not once mention a single case in which the treatment has had negative effects. And that’s because the evidence that it is harmful is flimsy at best and outright dishonest at worst.

Research and medical experts confirm that the abortion pill reversal treatment is safe and effective for both mother and baby. Thousands of mothers’ and babies’ stories are proof as well. One mother, Rebekah Buell, said her son Zechariah is alive today because of the abortion pill reversal procedure.

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.