Rep. Blackburn: Twitter Said They Would Run My Political Ad If I Removed 'Pro-Life Part'
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) revealed that Twitter told her they would run her political ad if only she omitted the pro-life part.
Blackburn, who is running for retiring Sen. Bob Corker's seat, posted a campaign video last Thursday in which she she slammed Planned Parenthood for selling "baby body parts."
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 5, 2017
Almost immediately, Twitter shut down the ad except for the original tweet from Blackburn's campaign account, claiming the pro-life part was "inflammatory" and would evoke a negative response.
"I'm 100 percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God," Blackburn says in the ad.
"It is astounding to me that Twitter, which is an important outlet, would choose not only to censor a political ad but that they would censor a pro-life message. This is a pro-women, pro-baby, pro-life message," the congresswoman told "Fox News Tonight" on Monday.
The social media platform then told Blackburn that all she has to do is take out the pro-life part and they would allow her to pay to promote the ad, as they do for other political campaigns.
"While they doubled down and issued a second statement today - they disallowed my video - I said, 'Look, I'm just doubling down on the fact that, yes, I am pro-life, and I stand by my message.'"
Blackburn chaired the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which recommended that Planned Parenthood be stripped of federal funding after finding evidence the mammoth company may have violated federal laws on the sale of fetal tissue.
Although no federal charges were brought against Planned Parenthood, the congresswoman says the investigation discouraged and stopped the illegal practice of selling fetal tissue to researchers.