May 20, 2014 | Tom Olago
Pro-life ads and those related to conservative Christian views and values seem to be coming under increasing attack. Weeks after Google pulled pro-life ads from its “abortion clinics” search results, Yahoo has also followed suit after being petitioned by the pro-choice groups NARAL Pro-Choice America and UltraViolet.
A recent publication of the Christian Post reports that NARAL and UltraViolet alleged that the “majority” of ads that popped up when users typed “abortion clinics” into Yahoo’s search were “deceptive,” funded by pro-life groups and discouraged women from having abortions.
Yahoo’s policy states that “ad offers and their landing page must be directly relevant to each other” and that it may reject or retract any ads found to be “misleading, deceptive, false or untrue.” Yahoo has therefore reportedly proceeded to take down at least some of the ads alleged to be out of compliance with their policies. They are in the process of reviewing other ads to take similar action.
NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement: “Women making this personal, medical decision should have comprehensive resources and accurate information. … We will work with Yahoo to pinpoint the ads that are masquerading as abortion clinics so they are promptly taken down when they appear.” Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, added, “The harm done by these ads cannot be overstated – women in vulnerable positions are being lured into false clinics where they are harassed, yelled at, and given inaccurate information, all for seeking abortion care.”
Hogue’s statement that women should have access to “comprehensive resources and accurate information” appears therefore not to accept pro-life viewpoints as part of that “comprehensive” information. Independent research shows that most women procuring abortions have either no idea or full appreciation of the moral implications as well as the irreversible psychological scars and physical damage they may suffer after having an abortion, when armed only with biased information from pro-choice proponents. Suewidemark.com in its article ‘Women not prepared for horrors of abortion’ publishes some traumatic accounts of women who had abortions when not fully aware of the risks and consequences.
It would seem that the pro-life group whose ads that are being pulled down, are only attempting to ensure that abortion–seekers are fully informed before making the decision to abort without being fully aware of the immediate and long-term consequences. One of the groups targeted by NARAL and UltraViolet is Online for Life, which has partnered with 47 crisis pregnancy centers in 21 states.
Christian Post states that removal of material with conservative Christian viewpoints is not a new phenomenon, citing several examples:
– In June 2013, the Apple Corporation pulled from its iTunes store a mobile app created by Setting Captives Free, a nondenominational ministry which offers free courses aimed at helping users battle “habitual sins,” such as sexual impurity, substance abuse, self-injury, and gambling. The Apple store reportedly removed the app which was denounced as being capable of causing “terrible harm to lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, or anyone forced to try to change who they are or who they love.”
– Also in June 2013, Fox radio host Todd Starnes revealed that he had been temporarily banned from Facebook and had a post of his referencing Jesus, the Bible and the National Rifle Association deleted for “violating” the social media’s community standards.
– Earlier this year, 12 members of the House of Representatives signed H.R. 3878, a bill that would launch an investigation into any “role” that might be played by radio, television, and the Internet to supposedly “encourage” the commission of hate crimes. Such an “investigation” would be audacious, downright dangerous and a prelude to proposed free-speech-infringing regulations that would be almost certain to follow, in the words of Christian Post contributor Craig Parshall.
And it’s certainly not just ads where the propagation of Christian values has come under attack. The Christian Post also recently reported how Christian viewers of the Home & Garden Television (HGTV) went up in arms after the network announced that they have “decided not to move forward” with a reality show called “Flip It Forward” starring conservative Christian twin brothers David and Jason Benham, who are openly opposed to abortion, homosexuality and no-fault divorce.
Supporters of Christian and moral values are also facing discrimination and punishment in the various sectors of profession and society in general. In a recent article titled ‘Christians Waking Up To Realization That Biblical Beliefs Are Resulting In Job Loss, Educational Discrimination And Even Travel Restrictions’, Prophecy News Watch recently gave an account of examples of this.
This trend isn’t going to go away – rather the scriptures warn that “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12-13).