Facebook has blocked the dissemination of an anti-abortion post by two former Trump officials, claiming it is misinformation – while relying on a misleading and misinformed “fact-check” to censor them.
Last week, as The Free Press reported, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which codified in state law the pro-abortion provisions of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In response, former Trump administration officials Ben Carson and Nikki Haley shared on Facebook a post by a pro-life activist who claimed the law legalized abortions “through all nine months, up until the moment of birth.”
The left-wing site PolitiFact took issue with that. It ruled the post highlighted by Carson and Haley as “false.”
Oddly, PolitiFact asserted the original hot take on the law was false, yet noted in its analysis, “Colorado’s law protects the right to have an abortion and does not make distinctions or regulations around a time or stage during pregnancy.”
Apparently, PolitiFact based its rating on the fact that third-trimester abortions are rare, as only 1 percent occur after 21 weeks. But rare doesn’t mean that it cannot happen.
The new Colorado law says a pregnant woman “has a fundamental right to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion and to make decisions about how to exercise that right.”
It is absolutely silent on the timing of the procedure – although as The Free Press reported Tuesday, partial-birth abortions are outlawed under federal law.
The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute pointed out that in 2020 six abortions were performed in Colorado after 28 weeks.
Moreover, the law itself actually strengthens the point that Carson and Haley sought to make. Its text says “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of this state.”
If a baby doesn’t have any recognized human rights under state law, is it wrong to kill the infant, even “moments before birth”?
Never fear, though, Facebook would not allow its users to even have the debate.
The social media giant immediately censored the post that Carson and Haley sent out, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
And demonstrating the perfect echo chamber in which the left operates, Facebook cited PolitiFact’s misleading analysis as the reason for its decision.
“It’s pathetic these ‘fact checkers’ are twisting the truth when it comes to such an important issue,” Haley told the Free Beacon.