After New York and Vermont approved abortion for virtually any reason imaginable up to the moment of birth, states like Missouri and Alabama replied by tightly restricting the procedure within their own states.
Now that the battle lines have been established, social and news media giants are siding with the abortion lobbyists while publicly professing neutrality on the issue.
The most recent and blatant example was Twitter’s ban of any ads by pro-life activist Lila Rose and her organization, Live Action.
“Twitter banned @LiveAction & my account from all ads. When we asked why, @Twitter said we could resume ads, only if we deleted the following content from our Twitter AND website,” Rose tweeted. She listed the prohibited content as:
- Anything about abortion procedures
- Investigations of Planned Parenthood
- All ultrasound images
Twitter didn’t claim that the three areas of banned content contained false or misleading information — only that she couldn’t publish it.
Twitter hosts multiple porn sites; ultrasound images, however, violate its high standards.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen posted this statement to her own Twitter account on April 24:
“Before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year — and because of extreme attacks on safe, legal abortion care, this could happen again right here in America,” she wrote.
Five days later that statement earned Wen four Pinocchios from The Washington Post’s fact-checker — its highest rating for falsehoods.
“Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions,” The Post wrote.
Yet not only is that tweet still up, but two days after The Post ran its story calling her claim a whopper, Wen posted a video on Twitter that compounded the lie by listing a parade of imaginary horribles if Roe vs. Wade were overturned.
Twitter’s actions could have been dismissed given that it’s a private organization that can set its own rules except for one thing.
In response to a flurry of complaints that Twitter was unfairly targeting conservatives, Jack Dorsey, its founder and CEO, sent this statement to Congress:
“Let me be clear about one important and foundational fact: Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules,” Dorsey said.
“We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially. In fact, from a simple business perspective and to serve the public conversation, Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform.”
And it’s not just Twitter. When Wen was elected as Planned Parenthood’s president last fall, she appeared on ABC’s “The View,” where she told, by The Federalist’s Georgi Boorman’s count, seven other whoppers without challenge from the show’s hosts.
“The View” can perhaps be forgiven because it’s more entertainment than news. But during a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” she repeated the same drivel that earned her four Pinocchios from The Post.
“We’re not going to go back in time to a time before Roe when thousands of women died every year because they didn’t have access to essential health care,” she said, without challenge from the MSNBC “journalists.”
Wen added, “Abortion care is health care.” The child may beg to differ.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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