Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been shut down by Twitter for being pro-life.
Apparently letting people know she stopped Planned Parenthood from selling aborted baby parts without the knowledge of the mother is considered “inflammatory.”
While most people find selling baby body parts cruel and an abomination, this move by Twitter points out the immense power social media companies have over shaping the public discussion.
By arbitrarily finding a small remark in a two-minute ad objectionable, they shut down the entire announcement.
Here is the “inflammatory” announcement video:
The Associated Press reports:
Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.
Blackburn, who is running for the seat being opened by the retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.”
A Twitter representative told the candidate’s vendors on Monday that the statement was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction:
Twitter said the Blackburn campaign would be allowed to run the rest of the video if the flagged statement is omitted.
While the decision keeps Blackburn from paying to promote the video on Twitter, it doesn’t keep it from being linked from YouTube and other platforms.
Blackburn took to Twitter to urge supporters to re-post her video and join her in “standing up to Silicon Valley.”
Blackburn was the chair of a Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research that earlier this year urged Congress to halt federal payments to the women’s health organization.
The panel was created after anti-abortion activists released secretly recorded videos in 2015 showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they sometimes provide fetal tissue to researchers, which is legal if no profit is made.
Fetal tissue research has strong backing among scientists for its value in studying Down syndrome, eye disease and other problems.
But Blackburn’s committee report said fetal tissue “makes a vanishingly small contribution to clinical and research efforts, if it contributes at all,” and recommended curbing federal grants for such research.
Blackburn’s nearly two-and-a-half minute video features footage of her shooting a gun, espousing her “100 percent pro-life” credentials and taking fellow Republicans in the Senate to task for failing to repeal the Obama health care law.
“I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” she said in the video. “And you know what? I say that’s all right. Bring it on.”
The only thing Twitter found offensive was the small aside about Planned Parenthood. How can a fact be labeled as inflammatory?
In 2015, when Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted babies became public, Rep. Blackburn chaired the investigative panel that ended the practice the next year.
The Washington Times previously reported on her congressional investigation:
The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is calling for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether several Planned Parenthood abortion clinics violated federal privacy law.
The Panel released new evidence Wednesday purportedly showing abortion clinics disclosing confidential medical information about patients in order to facilitate the sale of fetal body parts to procurement firm StemExpress.
Panel Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to HHS on Wednesday asking the agency to review the evidence and determine whether the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act was violated.
“The key to understanding the HIPAA and consent violations that we’ve referred to HHS is that there’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb,” Ms. Blackburn said in the letter.
“The contract changes the way both entities view the young woman: her baby is now a profit-center,” she said. “This betrayal of a young woman’s trust should disgust us all. It takes financial advantage, obtains consent through coercion, and deceives the woman, all in violation of federal privacy laws.”
Planned Parenthood’s profit off of aborted babies should be abhorred.
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