Facebook Continues to Discriminate Against Pro-Life

August 23, 2018

Letter to the Editor_BannerDear Editor:

Last October, Facebook banned a Wexford Missaukee Right to Life promotion on Facebook. The ad simply showed us erecting a new highway billboard time depicting a very young girl with her ear to her mothers’ pregnant belly with the caption: “All lives matter, choose life.”  The ad was rejected by Facebook because they said, and I quote: “Your ad does not meet our ad policies”
Upon Right to Life of Michigan learning about this, they contacted the Detroit Free Press and M-Live.  Between the two news networks, within days, Facebook changed their decision and re-activated our account.
This month, it happened again.  Our Facebook ad, depicting the presentation of a check with the following caption: “Teresa Fenby of Wexford/Missaukee Right to Life presents a check for $1,817,77 to Val Farr, the Director of Life Recourses of Northern Michigan.  This money represents 50% of the proceeds from our “Scramble for Life” golf outing in late June.  Together, we love life.”
This very ad was denied with the statement from them as follows: “Your ad was not approved because your page has not been authorized to run ads with political content.”
I appealed the rejection with the following question: “What is political about one charity contributing to another charity?  
In the meantime, Facebook Allows Planned Parenthood Ads with imagery featuring condoms on bananas, declaring ‹Sex Is Hot› while bashing abstinence. 
Planned Parenthood has also run several political ads with expressly partisan imagery, including graphics accusing politicians by name of “blocking access to health clinics”
Facebook is presently under fire for discriminating against other Pro-life groups, religious organizations and conservatives.   Our rejected ad is just another example of their liberal bias.
Don Hoitenga
Lake City

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