Warning: The image in this article is of a graphic nature.
by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/24/2012
Martinsburg, WV – You have probably read an article or watched something about the recent Facebook pro-life cover up in the last week. It has certainly made serious waves across the nation as everyone tries to figure out why Facebook would remove a pro-life image while allowing instructions on how to perform a “self-abortion” to remain.
I won’t pretend to know what goes through the mind of a social media mogul when such decisions are made, but I do know that trampling freedom of speech and pro-life views is not a good thing.
Here’s a recap of what happened. A woman posted instructions on how to perform a “self-abortion” at home using misoprostol. Now, you should know that misoprostol is a drug only a pharmacist can administer but the woman giving these instructions advises young girls to lie to the pharmacist (say they are for your grandmother with arthritis) in order to obtain the medication. Then, after instructing how to use the drugs in order to complete an “at home abortion,” the woman says that if a trip to the doctor is necessary that girls should lie once again and say they had a miscarriage.
So, in short, this woman is encouraging young girls to lie to a pharmacist to obtain drugs (something that is against the law), and then lie to a doctor if need be once they have caused an abortion (also against the law). And these instructions were posted on Facebook and allowed to stay posted even though they contain obvious illegal and dangerous actions.
But do you know what Facebook did not allow to stay posted? This picture:
This picture was created and posted in order to show people exactly what an abortion looks like. It was censored and its authors are shocked. They commented;
“It amazed me. Facebook will allow girls to learn how to do an abortion themselves at home with no doctor’s supervision, and encourages them to lie when obtaining the drugs necessary. But they will not allow them to see what an abortion looks like….I guess it is only considered censorship if you censor the pro-choice side; it’s perfectly fine in our culture to censor the pro-life message.”
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued this statement about Facebook:
“I have long said that America will not end abortion until it sees abortion…But those who support and profit from abortion work very hard to make sure America does not see abortion.”
What I can’t figure out is what the big deal is. If abortion is supposed to be this wonderful, liberating, freeing thing that all women should have free access to, then what does it matter? I can’t help but think that the truth is far uglier than pro-abortion advocates want anyone to know. The truth is that abortion is murder and the pictures prove it.
But as long as no one sees the pictures then unsuspecting women won’t know the ugly truth until it’s too late. It’s that old “out of sight out of mind” idea that causes pro-abortion advocates to fight against ultra-sound laws, and keep images of aborted babies in the shadows. Because bringing them to the light is too awful a sight for most people to bear.
The other glaring issue here is the right to free speech. We have all seen images and comments on Facebook that are far worse than what is shown here. It’s not as though some great user agreement was violated by posting this image. If that’s true then Facebook will have to remove all the half-naked people, insults to various religions, racial slurs, and obviously illegal activity being portrayed.
No, what seems to be going on here is that Facebook wants to censor the truth behind abortion. Facebook seems willing to allow pro-abortion material, such as “do it yourself” instructions, but unwilling to give equal voice to pro-life views. Sounds a bit discriminatory to me (don’t they have a policy against that?).
Maybe you want to save this image and post it to your Facebook account. The very worst that will happen is that they will censor it and remove it. The best that could happen is one more person will see the ugly truth of abortion and become a defender of life. Sounds like a fair exchange to me.
I encourage you – in the very least – to look long and hard at the image no matter how difficult. Maybe the reality of this image will strengthen your resolve to help end abortion once and for all.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.