Video: The pro-life video that YouTube banned Update: ALL letter added

The video was produced by the American Life League. It criticizes Planned Parenthood for using tax dollars to promote its business and attack pro-lifers.

Until recently, YouTube banned this video. At the same time, YouTube allowed Planned Parenthood’s ad that this video criticizes to run. YouTube recently rescinded the ban on this clip, but like its efforts to ban our videos and others that criticize Islamic terrorists while allowing jihadists to run their videos without issue, it shows one more time that YouTube isn’t above political favoritism.

And to head off criticism of the ALL video, no one is saying that Planned Parenthood doesn’t have the right to promote whatever it wants. But it isn’t fair that Planned Parenthood gets millions of your tax dollars to do it, while pro-life groups are often treated like pariahs. It is also fair to criticize Planned Parenthood for being what it is, which among other things is a paid lobby for the abortion industry. In a time when we’re looking for places to cut the bloated federal budget, Planned Parenthood’s cache would be a great place to start.

As for YouTube’s tendency to ban political speech it doesn’t like, it’s good to see Eyeblast step to compete with them.

Here’s ALL’s official statement on YouTube’s banning of the above video.


Censored Video Restored After Objections from Pro-Life Media and Supporters

Washington, D.C. (14 February 2008) – After numerous articles and pressure from Catholic and online media, Google-sponsored YouTube cited a “technical malfunction” as the reason American Life League’s pro-life video was censored by YouTube staff.

“Once word got out that YouTube had allowed the Planned Parenthood ads our report was based on to remain on their site, while at the same time censoring our report, a flurry of e-mails, blog posts, and complaints from the pro-life community pressured YouTube into reversing their decision,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American
Life League.

The original notification e-mail sent to American Life League by YouTube reads, “After being flagged by members of the YouTube community and reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its inappropriate nature.”

Three days later, American Life League received a second e-mail that said:

“This email is to inform you that a video was recently removed from your account due to a technical malfunction. The issue has since been remedied and we appologize (sic) for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused. The following video(s) have been reinstated and your account has not been penalized.”

According to YouTube’s user guide:

“When a video gets flagged as inappropriate, we review the video to determine whether it violates our Terms of Use—flagged videos are not automatically taken down by the system. If we remove your video after reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it purposefully, and you should take our warning notification seriously.”

Praising the YouTube decision, Sedlak commented “We are pleased that YouTube has reversed their decision to remove our video. Our ALL News Report was neither objectionable nor inappropriate. While it is unfortunate that YouTube chose this tactic in the first place, it is
encouraging to note that they corrected their poor decision in a timely fashion.”