FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-380-6674
Washington, D.C. — In response to news that Twitter has removed a campaign announcement video posted by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announcing her candidacy for United States Senate because of a reference to her work investigating Planned Parenthood for potential harvesting and sale of aborted babies’ organs, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement:
“We are profoundly disappointed, but not surprised that Twitter continues to censor pro-life speech,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Twitter’s excuses for removing Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign announcement echo the difficulties we and other pro-life allies have experienced with them over several months.
“While we have observed that this censorship seems to be applied selectively to pro-life groups, Twitter’s move has broad, chilling implications for all sorts of advocacy and political speech. We hope anyone seeking to engage in political speech will join us in denouncing the censorship of Rep. Blackburn. Such heavy-handed tactics only backfire on those who use them.”
Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 600,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.