A pro-life organisation has had a YouTube channel suspended because its content was deemed to be “harmful or dangerous”.
Heartbeat International had posted four videos on its Abortion Pill Reversal channel, showing how a baby can still be saved even if someone has taken an abortion pill.
One video featured a doctor explaining the process from a medical perspective, while three others showed mothers recounting their experiences of having ‘reversed’ their abortion.
Despite this, YouTube suspended the account, explaining that it “doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death”.
Other videos such as “instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result” fall into this category.
Jor-El Godsey, President of Heartbeat International, said: “It’s hard to understand why YouTube would treat the rescuing of babies from an abortion pill the same as terrorism videos.”
Medical abortions involve taking two tablets – mifepristone, which detaches the developing baby from the lining of the womb, and misoprostol which induces a miscarriage.
Research shows that if a woman has taken mifepristone, she can still sometimes reverse the abortion by taking progesterone instead of the second pill.
According to the Federalist, in the last ten years, more than 500 women have used the abortion pill reversal protocol to save their babies.
The method is safe for women, as progesterone is a natural hormone regularly used to prevent miscarriage, and a recent study found the method is successful around two thirds of the time.
Godsey added: “we believe YouTube will find that these videos in no way resemble such dangerous or harmful content”.
Heartbeat International has appealed the ban, and is hopeful that rather than taking sides, YouTube’s decision was a mistake.