On Friday, Facebook tagged two videos posted by the pro-life organization Live Action as “false news.” Both videos stated that abortion is never medically necessary. Facebook’s fact-checking mechanism deemed the videos “inaccurate” based on commentary by two abortionists, Daniel Grossman and Robyn Schickler.
Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, reported that Facebook informed her that her personal Facebook page and any links to Live Action’s website now have “reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeated sharing of false news.”
“Not only did they fail to get disinterested perspectives, they appear to have gone out of their way to find pro-abortion activists whose public opposition to our views is indisputable,” said Rose. “This is clear evidence of bias and discrimination against our over three million strong Facebook community members and an outrageous act of censorship on the part of Facebook.”
In one of the videos tagged by Facebook, board-certified neonatologist Kandra Kolb explained her position on abortion.
“I have great empathy and respect for all women who are pregnant, especially those with difficult or high-risk pregnancies,” Kolb explained. “What women deserve to know, however, is that even in the most high-risk pregnancies, there is no medical reason why the life of the child must be directly and intentionally ended with an abortion procedure. … The fact that every year, thousands of abortion procedures are done on babies that are the same gestational age as many of the babies I routinely care for, is something that very deeply and profoundly disturbs me as a physician. These babies move, breathe, can cry, hear and feel pain. Physicians have an ethical duty to deliver expert care, for both patients—the mother and the child.”
Kolb is not the only one to speak out about the myth of abortion as a medical necessity. To date, more than 1,013 obstetricians, gynecologists, neonatologists, pediatricians and medical professionals have signed the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health, which was launched in 2012 at the International Symposium on Maternal Healthcare in Dublin, Ireland.
The Declaration reads:
“As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion—the purposeful destruction of the unborn—is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.
“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”
Even well-known abortionist Dr. Don Sloan admits, “If a woman with a serious illness … gets pregnant, the abortion procedure may be as dangerous for her as going through the pregnancy. … The idea of abortion to save the mother’s life is something that people cling to because it sounds noble and pure—but medically speaking, it probably doesn’t exist.”
Rose vowed that Live Action would not take Facebook’s attacks lying down, but warned, “Continued efforts to censor Live Action will have tremendous implications, not only for the pro-life movement, but for free speech in America.”