“It is a direct contradiction of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s public pledge that she would not censor pro-life free speech, even if she disagreed with it.
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Facebook censored paid advertisements from Susan B. Anthony List that featured the stories of babies who were born prematurely and survived.
The “Micah” and “Charlotte” video ads aired on Oct. 9 and 10, and Facebook removed them on Oct. 12. Facebook reinstated Micah’s ad on Oct. 25 but removed Charlotte’s ad for the second time the same day, SBA List reported in a press release.
Ned Ryun, the father of Charlotte Ryun, said in the ad, “My daughter Charlotte was born at 24 weeks.”
“It was the happiest moment of my life,” Charlotte’s mother Becca Ryun said.
The ad’s narrator then adds, “Unborn babies deserve protection. Vote pro-life in November.”
SBA List has appealed Facebook’s second attempt to censor Charlotte’s story.
“Facebook must immediately stop its shameful censorship of the pro-life movement,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List. “Charlotte Ryun and Micah Pickering survived their premature births. That’s factual. It’s also factual that pro-abortion politicians across this country support painful late-term abortions, even after 20 weeks, more than halfway through pregnancy.”
Danielle Pickering, the mother of Micah Pickering, tells a similar story.
“Out of nowhere, my water broke. At 22 weeks, Micah was delivered,” Pickering said. “We didn’t know if he could survive. When we first got to see him, he grabbed onto our fingers and he just held tight.”
The video shows a healthy Micah playing in the yard.
“Micah today is a wonderful little boy,” Pickering said. “For somebody to say that a baby at 20 weeks doesn’t have the right to live, I want to tell them to come and see Micah.”
Charlotte and Micah were born during the gestational stages of pregnancy, when abortion is legal.
“Facebook is censoring the truth and political free speech,” Dannenfelser said. “It is a direct contradiction of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s public pledge that she would not censor pro-life free speech, even if she disagreed with it. The clock is ticking to Election Day, and Facebook is stifling our ability to get our message out about politicians who support brutal late-term abortions.”