- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Facebook has deemed the image of a developing child in its mother’s womb too “sensitive” to view without warning.

The Dublin-based Iona Institute for Religion and Society recently had one of its pro-life promotional ads hidden behind a blurred warning. The social media giant’s censors placed the picture under a “graphic” or “violent” content designation.

“The European Parliament is currently running a video that appears on Facebook and elsewhere called ‘Choose your future,’” the institute wrote on its website Monday, Breitbart reported. “It opens with an image of an unborn child in the womb very like the one used in our campaign. Should Facebook also declare this to be ‘graphic’ content?”

The organization wrote that its image appears uncensored on a main Facebook page and is only hidden on ads attempting to reach a wider audience.

“This decision by such an enormous company as Facebook affects the ability of the pro-life movement, in general, to get its message out to the public even in a gentle way,” the group added. “Are we now at a point where images of an unborn child in the womb cannot be shown in public even though parents see such images every day in hospitals all over the country and have no hesitation showing such images to their children? … We are currently trying to have it reviewed and will keep you updated.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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