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Facebook shuts down pro-life message

Dave Tombers

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Feb. 19, 2012

Editor’s note: There is an image in the lower part of this story that may be a concern for some viewers.

Prominent pro-life advocate Bryan Kemper is questioning Facebook after it removed his pro-life message, a move that followed on the heels of the company’s decision to allow the posting of directions on how to perform an abortion at home.

Just last month, the popular social media site issued an apology to Rebecca Gomperts for temporarily censoring her do-it-yourself abortion instructions she had posted as her profile picture.

But this week Kempers’ message was shut down and he wants pro-life Facebook users to sound the alarm.

There have been several reports that after Facebook took down Gomberts’ abortion instructions, they were restored and an apology was issued.

The instructions, currently posted in several different languages on Gomperts’ profile page, encourage girls to “lie” to a pharmacist in order to obtain the necessary abortion producing drugs, give step-by-step instructions on how many pills to take, and then encourage girls to lie about having a miscarriage after an at-home abortion.

The instructions, in part, are as follows:

“Go to the pharmacy and buy 12 tablets of Misoprostol. (Say it is for your grandmother with arthritis)”

She then advises that if a trip to the doctor is necessary after the self-treatment, “You can tell them you had a miscarriage.”

According to the National Institute of Health, the drug in question – Misoprostol – includes side effects in its anti-ulcer purpose including miscarriages, premature labor, and birth defects.

Nowhere in Gomperts’ instructions does she warn women performing self-abortions about birth defects.

The instructions posted by Gompert:

Aware of the abortion instruction apology by Facebook, Kemper, who is director of youth outreach for Priests for Life, was shocked to discover that Facebook had censored his new post, also involving abortion, from a pro-life viewpoint.

Kemper and his associate, Andy Moore, of, created a version of the popular “What They Think I Do” graphic that have been going viral on Facebook.

Their graphic was entitled “Abortionist” and the final frame was a photo of a baby killed in an early abortion.

The image had received thousands of “shares” and “comments” in a matter of hours, but Kemper was informed Facebook had logged his account out and advised, “We removed the content you posted because it violates Facebook’s statements of rights and responsibilities.”

The image:

“It amazed me,” Kemper told WND.

“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.”

WND left a message with Facebook’s press line but did not receive a return call.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, who filed a lawsuit this week against Obamacare’s mandate requiring employers to provide birth control, sterilization, and abortion-producing drugs such as the morning after pill and the week after pill, 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.”

“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,” Kemper said.

According to a Daily Mail report, “Gompert’s group, Women on Waves, performs medical abortions on a boat bearing the Dutch flag, allowing women in countries where abortion is illegal access to the procedure.”

“It really worries me that there should be so much censorship on the Internet. Regardless of whether it’s Google or Facebook,” Gomperts told the Daily Mail.

Kemper, too, is frustrated by the censorship.

“If abortion is such a great thing for women, and an aborted fetus is just a clump of cells, then show everyone,” he says.

“But they won’t, because then people will start to see the truth, that abortion kills.”