Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Twitter Bans Marsha Blackburn's Ad, Giving Her Senate Campaign a Boost

Twitter Bans Marsha Blackburn's Ad, Giving Her Senate Campaign a Boost

Rep. Marsha Blackburn launched her Senate re-election bid - as so many people do - with a video explaining what she believes in.

In the ad, Blackburn says she "stopped the sale of baby body parts" from abortions by defunding Planned Parenthood - a false claim. Twitter hasn't removed Blackburn's tweet or other tweets from people who link to the video. Blackburn, who is running to replace the retiring Bob Corker, is instead trying to use the decision in her favor. As Blackburn explains, she stands with President Trump - on everything from building the wall to demanding that athletes stop protesting during the national anthem - in his battle against the Republican elites blocking his agenda in the Senate.

Although I am absolutely not writing to make any sort of case for or against abortion, it is worth mentioning that this is not Twitter's first dust-up with the pro-life movement.

Planned Parenthood consistently denied wrongdoing and never faced any criminal charges, but the anti-abortion activists who filmed it did.

The allegations were raised by a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appeared to show Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the price of fetal body parts "per specimen".

The social media giant dubbed that particular line "inflammatory" and "likely to evoke a strong negative reaction", and refused to allow the ad, according to Politico Monday.

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The social media platform then told Blackburn that all she has to do is take out the pro-life part and they would allow her to pay to promote the ad, as they do for other political campaigns.

"I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative", Blackburn said in the video.

"This is urgent. I'm being censored for telling the truth", Blackburn wrote in a fundraising email. "As chairman of the selective investigative panel, the work that our committee delivered stopped this practice of selling baby body parts".

"Planned Parenthood was compassionate, they were nonjudgmental, and they were there for me", the woman said.

While Blackburn's claim may be factually incorrect-a number of states, including Texas, Georgia, Kansas and Florida all concluded the organization had followed all legal requirements in donating fetal tissue-it is not clear what Twitter may have found so objectionable about the video to block it.

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