It is no secret that debate over abortion has heated up as more states pass restrictions on the procedure. Hollywood is threatening to remove production from Georgia. States are prohibiting travel to pro-life states for official business. And the Democratic candidates keep repeating the lie that infanticide doesn’t happen in the United States, despite bills authorizing the procedure up to the moment of birth.
No doubt these new laws will end up in the courts. However, for now, the court of public opinion is what matters. And the abortion industry is desperate to manage the discussion. Polls consistently show that American attitudes about abortion are nuanced and not nearly as polar as the public debate.
A consistent 70% of adults view restrictions at roughly the end of the first trimester as appropriate. Majorities also do not support abortions of convenience which account for over 95% of procedures. And the portion of Americans that view the procedure as morally wrong hovers around 50%.
So controlling the information in the public square is extremely important to the abortion lobby. The number of procedures has reached the lowest point since Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood’s cash cow is under threat as Gen Z is exhibiting very different behavior in term of sexual activity. They are growing up slower and having significantly less sex than other generations since the sexual revolution.
Of course the abortion lobby has partners in the digital public square. Pro-life groups have had their content removed and suppressed repeatedly. However, now the relationship has crystalized:
You read that correctly. Twitter will not allow Live Action, a pro-life organization to report factual information about the procedure and the organizations involved in providing it. Not only may they not share this information in Twitter ads. The group must remove all of the information identified from their website.
In other words, Twitter is attempting to remove content not just from their own site. The company is attempting to govern the content of a privately owned web property in order for the group to gain access to promotional ads that they pay for.
I guess that is one way to slam the Overton window shut. There are realities about abortion that providers are not required to tell their patients. Realities about the procedure that are not comfortable. And 4D ultrasounds make it impossible to deny the humanity of a baby in the womb. This is the information the abortion lobby does not want people to see. And Twitter is helping them police the debate.