Facebook has reportedly censored an advertising campaign by a pro-life group in Ireland, warning that a photo of a living fetus in the womb constitutes “graphic” or “violent” content.
The ad, sponsored by the Dublin, Ireland-based Iona Institute for Religion and Society, was part of a campaign launched on May 7 that includes billboard signs featuring a photo of an 11-week old fetus in the womb.
The campaign called, “Still One of Us,’ is similar to a campaign the group ran last year, called ‘One of Us,’ prior to the Irish referendum on abortion, in which 66.4% of voters approved a measure to remove the constitutional ban on abortion. Under the new law, abortion is allowed for any reason up to 12 weeks.
Professor Patricia Casey, speaking on behalf of the Iona Institute, said of the image featured in the campaign, “We are showing the unborn baby at 11 weeks because that is within the time period when a perfectly healthy foetus of a perfectly healthy mother can be aborted, effectively on-demand. It is also very apparent even at this early stage of the pregnancy that we dealing with a human being.”
According to the Iona Institute’s website, Facebook blurred the image of the fetus in the ads and included a warning that said the ad contained “graphic” or “violent” content.