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Facebook apologizes for removing self-abortion profile picture
LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/3/12 | Peter Baklinski

Posted on 01/03/2012 3:58:12 PM PST by wagglebee

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, January 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The director of an abortion advocate group was incensed last Friday after Facebook removed her profile picture that provided step-by-step instructions for self-inducing an abortion. Facebook later apologized and allowed the profile picture to be reinstated.

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, an organization that packs an abortion clinic into a ship and brings the procedure to mothers in countries where it is illegal, told Radio Netherlands that the profile picture was designed to “provide information on how women can safely induce an abortion using a medicine called Misoprostol.”

“The text is based on information and research from the World Health Organization. So it is really quite safe,” said Gomperts.

The instructions for what Gomperts calls a “safe abortion till 9 weeks of pregnancy” begin with a visit to a pharmacy to buy 12 tablets of Misoprostol. Gomperts encourages the pregnant mother to lie to the pharmacist saying that the tablets are for “your grandmother with arthritis.”

Gomperts’ then instructs the pregnant mother how to ingest the tablets.

“Within 4 hours you can get cramps, nausea, chills, diarrhoea, bleeding. If you soak more than 2 maxi sanitary pads per hour for more than 2 hours; if you have a fever or severe pain you have to go to a doctor (you can say you had a miscarriage).”

Facebook at first removed Gomperts’ profile picture stating that it “violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.” The company did not mention which part of the legal terms Gomperts’ profile picture violated. 

Under their legal terms for safety, Facebook demands that users will not post content that is “hateful, threatening” or that “incites violence.”

Under their legal terms for protecting other people’s rights, Facebook demands that users will not “post content or take any action on Facebook that infringes or violates someone else’s rights or otherwise violates the law.”

Facebook apologized to Gomperts two days after the removal, stating that the profile picture was “not in violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and appears to have been removed in error.”

“We do apologize for the removal of this content and the subsequent warning that you received,” the company said, adding that when they “make a mistake and remove a piece of content we shouldn’t have” they “work quickly to address it by apologizing to the people affected and making any necessary changes to our systems and processes.”

Woman on Waves said in a press release that by removing the profile picture, Facebook had “severely violated” articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the European Convention of Human Rights.

“Facebook has a social responsibility to guarantee and protect human rights,” the group said.

Gomperts has reposted her self-induced abortion profile picture and is encouraging all Facebook users that “support abortion rights to repost the message on their page.”

LifeSiteNews contacted Woman on Waves by phone but did not receive a comment by press time. LifeSiteNews also contacted Facebook by e-mail but did not receive a response by press time.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; facebook; moralabsolutes; proaborts; prolife
It appears that Facebook fully supports abortion and would probably be fine with pages advertising back-alley infanticide.
1 posted on 01/03/2012 3:58:14 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 01/03/2012 3:59:49 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

However, nudity on Facebook is prohibited.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 4:00:56 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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4 posted on 01/03/2012 4:01:16 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It appears that Facebook fully supports abortion and would probably be fine with pages advertising back-alley infanticide.

Of course they would. Zuckerberg is a Harvard guy and a big Obama fan.

5 posted on 01/03/2012 4:03:52 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: wagglebee

Baby killers on Facebook. Nice.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 4:05:46 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed!!!!!)
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To: wagglebee

My guess is that Facebook is agnostic on the issue and would take money from both Pro Life and Pro Abortion groups.


7 posted on 01/03/2012 4:08:12 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his name on the Va. ballot, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: wagglebee

If a woman “terminates” her child does she retain her status as a mother? Perhaps a more appropriate name would be “terminator”.


8 posted on 01/03/2012 4:13:17 PM PST by Eagles6
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I had to read that three times to make sure I got that right.

I don’t know whether it is more mind boggling that they restored the facebook page or had put allowed it to be put up in the first place.

I know some strongly pro-life teens and adults, come to think of it, who would be VERY interested in knowing this, like my kids for example. They’ve not been happy with the direction facebook has been going in lately but this just might push them over the edge and get them off.

If someone would come up with a moral and conservative social networking site, I think it could really take off.

Ping to the homeschool list as this would likely be of interest to them as well.


9 posted on 01/03/2012 4:14:56 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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"... So it is really quite safe,” said Gomperts.

Not for the baby it isn't.

10 posted on 01/03/2012 4:23:19 PM PST by NJRighty (No Mitt)
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Glad I never drank the Facebook kool-aid.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 4:26:24 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: metmom

What a great home school project for computers class! Setting up a conservative social networking site, and in a election year, too, giving it an additional purpose. It would make a great poli-sci project as well.


12 posted on 01/03/2012 4:37:10 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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Considering what computer whizzes some teens can be, it ought not be hard.


13 posted on 01/03/2012 4:40:18 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: wagglebee

Up to nine weeks? I notice there is no mention of the possibility that, if the “abortion” should fail, what damage would be done to the child.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 5:27:51 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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Woman on Waves said in a press release that by removing the profile picture, Facebook had “severely violated” articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Of course. How terrible.
15 posted on 01/03/2012 6:20:19 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: wagglebee
Ms Gomperts


16 posted on 01/03/2012 6:39:21 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: wagglebee
My doc prescribed Arthrotec for my arthritis, which contains Misoprostol.

Some nasty stuff. Even taking as directed I had mild stomach cramps and constant diarrhea. Quit after a week and told him to give me something else.

17 posted on 01/03/2012 6:44:48 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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Glad I never drank the Facebook kool-aid.

I deactivated my account. It's such a waste of time, I discovered. I really don't care what someone had for dinner or where they are shopping today!
18 posted on 01/04/2012 7:23:18 AM PST by bearsgirl90
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To: FrdmLvr

My husband’s been talking about this for a few months now — reading these comments, he’s going to go to his office and tinker around and work out the details...


19 posted on 01/04/2012 7:20:54 PM PST by HGSW0904
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To: FrdmLvr

My husband’s been talking about this for a few months now — reading these comments, he’s going to go to his office and tinker around and work out the details...


20 posted on 01/04/2012 7:21:06 PM PST by HGSW0904
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To: FrdmLvr

My husband’s been talking about this for a few months now — reading these comments, he’s going to go to his office and tinker around and work out the details...


21 posted on 01/04/2012 7:21:22 PM PST by HGSW0904
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Yikes! Clean up...please?
I promise his technical skills are far superior to my own.


22 posted on 01/04/2012 7:22:56 PM PST by HGSW0904
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LOL! I hate when that happens! :)


23 posted on 01/05/2012 6:09:29 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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