A video that was produced by a Kansas pro-life group and that exposed Sen. Barack Obama’s extremist support for abortion was blocked by YouTube.com yesterday – the latest in a number of pro-life videos that have been blocked by the site.The Kansas Coalition for Life, which partners with Operation Rescue on a number of pro-life projects, produced a video titled “Obama: WRONG Change for Children,” which included information about Obama’s voting record on abortion-related bills.
YouTube sent the group a generic message indicating that the video was being blocked because it did not meet a “Community Guideline.”
“The video is in no way distasteful, pornographic or outside of the ordinary,” said KCFL Director Mark Gietzen. “It does however make a strong point, and we feel that it was pulled only because it makes a simple, clear statement about what Obama’s change is all about.”
The video begins with a warning stating, “This video contains graphic images showing what Obama supports.” It shows a photo of an aborted baby.
However, Operation Rescue observed that it is doubtful that the brief graphic image was responsible for YouTube removing the video. Numerous other videos posted on YouTube.com show images of aborted babies, including videos of protesters with large aborted baby signs, and Operation Rescue’s Truth Trucks. A hard-hitting video graphically exposing the practices of late-term abortionist George R. Tiller that was produced for Operation Rescue was restricted by YouTube to viewers over 18, but remains accessible.
“Political censorship is the only remaining explanation for YouTube blocking the KCFL Obama video,” said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger. “Apparently, it is allowable to criticize political candidates on YouTube, as long as you do not criticize Obama on his abortion track record. It is unconscionable for YouTube to engage in this kind of political censorship in the middle of a battle for the future of America. We have posted this video to our web site to ensure that it will be easily accessible.”
Operation Rescue is encouraging concerned individuals to contact YouTube.com and ask that they reinstate the video.
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