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Fri May 12, 2017, 11:29 AM

Abortion pill group's Facebook page deleted over promoting 'drug use'

Source: The Guardian

Abortion pill group's Facebook page deleted over promoting 'drug use'

Page for Women on Web, which connects doctors with women
in places that restrict abortion access, deleted over ‘promotion
or encouragement of drug use’


Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco
Thursday 11 May 2017 23.50 BST

Facebook has censored the page of an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, citing its policy against the “promotion or encouragement of drug use”.

Women on Web, which is based in Amsterdam, helps connect women with doctors who can provide abortion pills if they live in countries where abortion access is restricted. It is a sister organization to Women on Waves, which provides abortions and other reproductive health services on a ship in international waters.

Women on Waves announced that the page had been “unpublished” on its own Facebook account, writing: “Women on Web provides life-saving information to thousands of women worldwide. Its Facebook page publishes news, scientific information and the protocols of the World Health Organization and Women on Web has answered over half a million emails with women who needed scientific, accurate information essential for their health and life.

“We expect Facebook will (undo) this action soon enough, as access to information is a human right.”

This is the second censorship row between Facebook and Women on Web. ...

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/11/facebook-women-on-web-censored-abortion-pills

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