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Verizon Wireless Will Allow Pro-Abortion Group's Text Msgs After Feud ^ | September 27, 2007 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 09/30/2007 8:39:41 PM PDT by monomaniac

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 27,

Washington, DC ( -- Cellular phone company Verizon Wireless and top pro-abortion group NARAL have been feuding over the ability of the organization to use its system to send out text messages to its membership with alerts and updates. Verizon initially refused to allow NARAL to use its network but higher officials reversed the decision.

A regional unit of Verizon initially denied NARAL's request to send out text messages to its membership.

In an email NARAL sent to its members and obtained by, NARAL president Nancy Keenan said Verizon deemed NARAL too "controversial" and "unsavory" to approve a short code for the program.

"The bottom line is that Verizon won't let its customers access our text-messaging program," Keenan said.

But higher-ups at Verizon reversed the decision on Thursday and spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said in a statement, "The decision to not allow text messaging on an important, though sensitive, public policy issue was incorrect."

"Upon learning about this situation, senior Verizon Wireless executives immediately reviewed the decision and determined it was an incorrect interpretation of a dusty internal policy," Nelson said.

He indicated abortion was a topic previously prohibited under the mass text messaging programs the company offered, but that policy has been updated following the controversy.

Other leading wireless networks have approved NARAL's text messaging program.

Before Verizon changed its tune, Keenan had strong words for the wireless company.

"Verizon's decision sends chills down my spine. What kind of company would deny its customers who signed up to receive information the ability to use their cell phones to participate in our democracy? That's just wrong," she said.

Keenan said she had sent a letter to Verizon president and CEO Lowell McAdam asking him to change the policy and urged her group's members to blast the company with requests to change it.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; humanlife; naral; prolife; unborn; verizon

1 posted on 09/30/2007 8:39:45 PM PDT by monomaniac
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To: monomaniac

Someone got to them.

The changed their policy very quickly.

2 posted on 09/30/2007 8:42:39 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: monomaniac
bff - U kil ur baybe yet?
3 posted on 09/30/2007 8:48:49 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Congratulations Brett Favre! NFL's all-time touchdown leader)
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To: monomaniac

Abortionists use every business under the sun- McDonald’s, grocery stores, car dealerships.... Companies can’t screen customers for moral crimes. Imagine being refused a meal because your waiter found out you were pro-life.

Verizon held out as long as they could. If they hadn’t initially, then nobody would have taken notice to condemn them now.

4 posted on 09/30/2007 9:00:58 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: monomaniac; All

Remember .. they’re a business .. and they are allowed to make any decision they feel is in the best interests of their business.

However .. I guess that also means Verizon has chosen to exclude me from ever buying their services.

5 posted on 09/30/2007 9:25:05 PM PDT by CyberAnt (America: THE GREATEST NATION on the face of the earth!)
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