An organization dedicated to “saving lives through pro-life education” said it has been blatantly censored by Google.
Life Issues Institute, a National Religious Broadcast (NRB) member, started a nationwide digital campaign earlier this year aimed at educating audiences that are not yet pro-life but are “persuadable on the issue of abortion with tested pro-life messaging.”
After the Dobbs v. Jackson opinion draft was leaked, their daily views on compelling videos dropped from 10,000 to 2,500 when it should’ve spiked because of increased interest.
A media and marketing professional who helped launch the campaign called Google’s actions “the most blatant example of censorship” they’d seen.
“Any tolerance that Google had for pro-life messaging was kicked to the curb,” Life Issues Institute President Brad Mattes told NRB. “The media is not our friend.”
YouTube, which is owned by Google, announced a new policy in July to remove “false” and harmful abortion content, including videos that mention infertility and breast cancer as potential risks of abortion.
“I don’t believe we’re going to see even-handedness from YouTube,” said Mattes. “They do not acknowledge that abortion impacts women physically and psychologically.”
The Big Tech company also said it was forming a panel to “provide additional context to viewers on abortion-related videos.”
“Something has to be done if Christians and conservatives are going to get their message out,” said Mattes. “The only way the other side wins is if people don’t know what’s going on.”