Blackburn: Public pushed back over Twitter ban

Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Marsha Blackburn campaign ad stillA social media website reversed its censorship of a pro-life message after the public "rose up" and protested, says a pro-life congresswoman.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) used Twitter to run a why-I'm-running ad for her U.S. Senate campaign only to be informed that mentioning a Planned Parenthood scandal violated policy.

"I'm 100 percent pro-life," Blackburn declares in the ad. "I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God."

The social media giant said "baby body parts" is "deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction" – and for that the ad was yanked. 

The reference to "baby body parts" alludes to the bombshell undercover investigation by David Daleiden, who posed as a fetal procurement company to capture Planned Parenthood officials violating federal law by negotiating the costs of fetal tissue that is used for medical research.

The videos also captured Planned Parenthood officials callously discussing the dissection of fetal organs and limbs, which caused an uproar – or a  "strong negative reaction" - from the public.

Planned Parenthood and others claimed the videos were doctored, though Daleiden released lenghty, unedited versions to show otherwise.

Twitter reversed the decision against Blackburn's ad hours later, and the congresswoman told Fox News she "doubled down" on her pro-life stance and fought Twitter's decision.

"And now they have reversed their decision," she said, "after the American people had joined me in standing up to them."

If abortion is really such an offensive issue, Blackburn went on to say, Twitter would have been even-handed with its censorship.

"They didn't take down any of the pro-abortion things when we were doing the pain-capable child bill," she pointed out.

"According to Twitter," pro-life writer Matt Walsh responded on his own Twitter account, "it's more offensive to talk about Planned Parenthood killing babies than for Planned Parenthood to actually kill babies."

Twitter did not respond to several requests from OneNewsNow for comment. 

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