Facebook removes posts for abortion medication by Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Facebook’s parent company, allegedly removed an article regarding internet pharmacies that sold abortion drugs that had been uploaded by Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) earlier this month. Several states have reportedly made abortion illegal since the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in June. But abortion is still said to be legal in Michigan, albeit on shaky grounds. This is because Democrats are trying to make abortion access a constitutional right through a ballot measure and lawsuits.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision that effectively removed constitutional protections for the procedure, Instagram and Facebook have begun swiftly removing posts that offer abortion drugs to women who may not be able to access them. Social media posts like these usually claim to be aimed at assisting women in states where previously enacted laws prohibiting abortion became immediately effective on Friday. This is actually when the high court reversed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that declared access to abortion a fundamental right.
“The Supreme Court cast our nation into an abortion access crisis when they discarded half a century of precedent and opened the door for politicians to pass sweeping abortion bans. Millions of Americans are now scrambling to find information about the legal status of abortion in their state and how to access care. “Social media corporations like Meta are piling on to the crisis by removing content related to medication, abortion, and other services,” PPMI spokesperson Ashlea Phenicie said.
Meta also sent PPMI a message saying that the post broke Facebook’s community standards and that only PPMI administrators could see it.”It’s disturbing that providers like Planned Parenthood are restricted in what information we can communicate to our patients and supporters on platforms like Facebook and Instagram,” Phenicie said. “Meanwhile, anti-abortion influencers face few consequences when spreading viral misinformation about abortion and other reproductive health services.”
In addition to this, on June 27, just a few days after Roe fell, Andy Stone, Facebook policy communications director, revealed that the site was indeed taking down abortion medication-related posts. “Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request, or donate drugs is not allowed,” Stone tweeted. “Content that discusses the pricing and accessibility of prescription drugs is authorized. We’ve uncovered some erroneous enforcement and are working to fix it.
This statement claims that the removal of PPMI’s post from social media was done in error. The Meta did not comment when asked about the PPMI post, but they did say they would “examine further” as stated by the Michigan Advance. If you’ve read this far, you should have enough information to develop your own opinion on whether or not it was proper for the social media giant to remove content mentioning abortion drugs from its platform.