Pinterest has reportedly banned anti-abortion group Live Action for spreading misinformation and spreading conspiracy theories.The influential group had published videos linking Planned Parenthood to the harvesting and sales of fetal body parts.Live Action, which has 3.3 million followers on social media, tweeted a letter it said was sent to it by Pinterest informing the group it had been "permanently suspended" from the platform for spreading "harmful misinformation.""We don't allow harmful misinformation on Pinterest," a screenshot of the letter from Pinterest reads."That includes medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence."Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly.
Ever since the rise of femtech, period tracking apps have vowed to make women’s health easier to control and understand.But lately we’ve seen data and privacy breaches, worrying stats about “success” rates, and questionable marketing strategies.This week is no different.A report from the Guardian found that fertility app Femm has been funded by anti-abortion and anti-gay campaigners.The non-hormonal contraceptive app has donations from various Catholic-Church associated groups.Launched in 2015, Femm now has over 400,000 downloads and claims to “empower women” by giving them control over their menstrual cycle — while encouraging them to avoid hormonal birth control.The report revealed that over the last three years the fertility app was funded almost $1.8 million by The Chiaroscuro Foundation, a Catholic Charity, which has a history of donating to pro-life campaigns.
Various Catholic Church-associated groups and individuals funded a fertility app, Femm, which claims to help women track their menstrual cycles while also encouraging them to avoid hormonal birth control.These organizations, The Guardian reports today, oppose abortion rights as well as contraception, and they have previously aligned themselves with US Vice President Mike Pence who is also a vocal anti-abortion proponent.The Chiaroscuro Foundation, a Catholic charity, provided $1.79 million to the Femm app developers and is run by Sean Fieler, a Catholic hedge funder.Additionally, the news outlet reports that two of the app’s medical advisers are not licensed to practice in the US.The Femm app works similarly to other fertility apps by allowing women to input their menstrual cycle data, including when they have their period, their reproductive goals, when they’ve had sex, and other observational data.While users can input their birth control method, the app says the “natural” way for women to avoid pregnancy is to learn about and manage their fertility cycle.
Production of Disney movies in Georgia could come to a halt if a new state anti-abortion law takes effect, Disney CEO Bob Iger told Reuters on Wednesday.Brian Kemp, the bill would prohibit abortions from being performed in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected.The law is set to take effect in 2020.The legislation has prompted a backlash from many in the film and television industries to boycott the state, including Handmaid's Tale director Reed Morano, actress Kristen Wiig and Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo.Disney has filmed several recent box office blockbusters in Georgia, including Marvel's Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man.But Iger said the abortion law would make it "very difficult" to continue production in the state.
Netflix has pledged to work with activist organisations and politicians to fight the US state of Georgia’s recent anti-abortion legislation.The streaming giant’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the firm has many female employees in Georgia, which is a major hub for television and film production.“It’s why we will work with the American Civil Liberties Union and others to fight it in court,” said Sarandos.“Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to.Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”The bill bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
This week, Google announced its plans to crack down on misleading advertisements from anti-abortion groups that present themselves as abortion clinics online.Google updated its “Healthcare and medicines” policy after recent allegations that it provided $150,000 in free adverts to an anti-abortion group known for running misleading ads designed to discourage women from terminating their pregnancies.starting in june, ppl looking to advertise abortion services via google search will actually be *required* to disclose if they perform the procedure; this tiny change can cut out potentially hundreds of misleading pro-life crisis center ads https://t.co/VHGEiT5LOZ— shoshana wodinsky (@swodinsky) May 20, 2019In a statement on Google’s support page, it outlined that starting in June 2019, people looking to run ads using keywords in relation to “getting an abortion” will need to be certified as an organization that either “provides abortions or does not provide abortions.”Earlier this month, the Guardian reported that the Southern California-based Obria Group, which runs a network of clinics funded by Catholic organizations, successfully posted ads on Google suggesting that it provides abortion services at its medical clinics — when in fact, it tries to prevent “abortion-minded women” from ending their pregnancies.
If you’re going to spend $250 on a new set of earphones, you really should know how to get the most out of them.That’s where we can help.You should see the Powerbeats Pro show up in the list of available Bluetooth devices.Wait a few moments, and refresh your available devices list.The Powerbeats Pro pack an industry-leading nine hours of battery life, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of juice over the course of even the longest workout, but if you’re feeling antsy and want to check on how they’re holding up, here are a few different ways to do that on an iPhone:For an at-a-glance indication, you’ll see a small battery gauge indicator next to the Bluetooth icon at the top of your iPhone’s screen.
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The job of Oscars host has been vacant since Kevin Hart stepped down almost a month ago, after his years-old anti-gay tweets resurfaced.Due to the efforts of Ellen DeGeneres, herself a former Academy Awards emcee, Hart’s replacement as Oscars host may very well be … Hart himself.During an interview with Hart on her talk show today, in which the duo discussed last month’s controversy that led to his Oscar exit, DeGeneres revealed that she reached out to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vouch for Hart and lobby for his return as host.Considering that Hart had chosen to step down as Oscar host rather than apologize for his past tweets, his interview with DeGeneres could open the door for his return to the role.Among those tweets, Hart wrote in 2011, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.’” In 2010, he tweeted that someone’s pro-life picture seemed “like a gay bill board for AIDS.”Hart, who has a substantial presence on social media, tweeted amid the blowback for those tweets that he was stepping down as host because he didn’t want to be a distraction to the awards ceremony.
ARTUR WIDAK via Getty ImagesThis Friday, Ireland will go to the polls.This controversial article, inserted into the Irish Constitution in 1983, makes it illegal for a woman to have an abortion unless there is a “real and substantial risk” to her life.There are no provisions made for cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality or risk to health that is not life-threatening.There is certainly no provision made for women in sheer painful desperation.Love Both, one of the main pro-life organisations in Ireland, has outlined their ‘New Vision’, a plan which proposes that instead of repealing the 8th, the government should focus on reducing homelessness, increasing maternity benefits and providing affordable childcare – all admirable goals.
Ed Sheeran has distanced himself from pro-life campaigners following reports they used one of his songs less than a week before Ireland’s abortion referendum.The award-winning British pop star told his followers on Instagram on Friday that he had been informed his song Small Bump was being used by anti-abortion activists.He said: “I feel it’s important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the sing is about.”His comments come ahead of Ireland’s referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.The song Small Bump is from Sheeran’s 2011 debut album Plus.Its lyrics include: “You’re just a small bump unborn, in four months you’re brought to life/ You might be left with my hair, but you’ll have your mother’s eyes/ I’ll hold your body in my hands, be as gentle as I can/ But for now you’re scan of my unmade plans/ A small bump in four months you’re brought to life”
A pro-life group emailed schools in Ireland urging principals and religion teachers to show students a DVD that included excerpts from a 1980s anti-abortion propaganda video.The video, The Silent Scream, shows an ultrasound of an abortion in which the fetus appears to open its mouth “in a silent scream”—a deceptive assertion refuted by the medical community.The anti-abortion group, Donegal Pro Life, reportedly sent letters to schools last week, asking that they play their 50-minute DVD to students in the senior cycle, which are typically aged 15 through 18.Aside from excerpts from The Silent Scream, the video also includes graphic visuals of aborted fetuses and illustrated abortions at different stages of pregnancy, according to the Irish Times.The video also reportedly argues that women who have abortions increase their risk for developing mental health issues, which researchers have concluded is untrue.The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) responded to the group’s letter asking that they stop pushing their anti-abortion agenda at the schools.
Pro-life protesters have launched a High Court challenge against a council ruling which bans them from approaching women entering an abortion clinic.A new buffer zone, unanimously approved by Ealing Council, came into force outside the Marie Stopes facility on Mattock Lane in the west London borough on Monday.It prevents demonstrators from coming within 300 metres of the clinic entrance, where they had been regularly approaching women to hand them leaflets and rosary beads and laying out pictures of foetuses in various stages of development.Ealing councillors, clinic staff and nearby residents said the protesters’ behaviour amounted to harassment and intimidation and the decision to implement a ‘safe zone’ was made after they repeatedly refused to stop operating directly outside the building.Now Alina Dulgheriu, a member of main protest group Be Here For Me, is launching a High Court bid to challenge the council’s ruling, which she claims is “Draconian” and “criminalises prayer”.Dulgheriu gave evidence to the council’s cabinet before it implemented its decision and said she changed her mind about having an abortion after being approached outside a clinic.
Pro-life protesters have pledged to continue standing outside an abortion clinic in London “until they are told otherwise”, despite a council’s decision to ban them from doing so.Demonstrators remained outside the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane, Ealing on Wednesday despite the west London borough approving an exclusion zone around it the previous evening.The government is likely to come under increasing pressure to change the law to prevent harassment outside family planning facilities across the country, now that the Ealing vote has passed, setting UK precedent.Brian Collins, a member Good Counsel Network, which holds daily vigils outside of abortion clinics across the UK, told HuffPost UK: “I have been coming here to hold vigils and pray for several years now.But I am here in a personal capacity, not on behalf of any organisation and I am not a representative of any group.”Other demonstrators stood outside the clinic entrance on Wednesday holding rosary beads and handing out leaflets.
After a long and painstaking evidence gathering process, Ealing council has agreed to create safe zones outside their BPAS clinic so that women aren’t harassed and threatened by pro-life protesters as they enter.As a victim of this exact kind of intimidation, my reaction is layered but I am of course very excited by the potential here.I was accosted by a man (ironic) wielding loud and graphic leaflets and telling me he could help me.More protesters arrived throughout the day, usually armed with placards displaying truly horrid images of foetuses, with their final crescendo of harassment taking the form of a different man chasing me down the street as he prayed for my salvation.My initial thought was “what if I was a 15-year-old girl who had been raped?” as an example of someone who would find this particularly distressing.I am a 26-year-old woman with a successful career and a loving relationship.
Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the US Senate from Alabama, boasted on Twitter about bringing his "Alabama values" to Washington and he got furiously roasted instead.The former state judge has come under intense scrutiny after he was accused by several women of misconduct and assault when he was in his 30s.Moore has continued to deny the allegations and defiantly refused to drop out despite opposition from both Democrats and fellow Republicans.He is running against Democrat Doug Jones in the upcoming race on 12 December.US President Donald Trump recently publicly backed Moore for the vacant Senate seat saying "we need" him to win in Alabama for his vote on "on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V A, Judges 2nd Amendment and more."On Tuesday evening (5 December), Moore bragged about bringing his "Alabama values" to Washington saying he "can't wait" to do so.
More than half of MPs would support the introduction of “buffer zones” to stop protests outside abortion clinics, according to a new poll.A survey by YouGov revealed 57% backed a decision by Ealing Council to explore the possibility of ending demonstrations in the immediate vicinity of a clinic in its area, after local MP Rupa Huq called for a change in the law to protect those receiving treatment.Huq, who will lead a debate on the issue in the Commons on Tuesday, wants to table an amendment to new domestic violence legislation being brought about by the government.She said vulnerable women in her constituency are being targeted by pro-life protesters, who she accused of “weaponising rosary beads”.Ealing Council voted to explore using anti-social behaviour tools, including Public Spaces Protection Orders in response to growing harassment and intimidation outside a Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane.Of 101 MPs polled on the issue, just 24% said the were opposed to the action being taken, and no Labour members were against it.
The Advertising Standards Authority has cleared a contentious billboard campaign in Northern Ireland supporting the province’s tough stance on abortion despite drawing 14 complaints that its message was misleading.Pro-life lobbyists Both Lives Matter produced the campaign to mark 50 years since implementation of the UK Abortion Act, claiming that ‘100,000 people are alive today because of our laws on abortion’, a figure which was disputed by complainants.Both Lives Matter said it had arrived at the six figure number by extrapolating abortion rates in Scotland since the relaxation of laws on terminating pregnancies in 1967, inferring what the comparable rate would have been in Northern Ireland itself had it also implemented the Abortion Act.Explaining its decision to side with Both Lives Matter the ASA said: “On balance, we concluded that the evidence indicated that there was a reasonable probability that around 100,000 people were alive in Northern Ireland today who would have otherwise been aborted had it been legal to do so."Because we considered that readers would understand the figure to represent an estimate, we concluded that the claim was unlikely to materially mislead readers."Dawn McAvoy, spokeswoman for Both Lives Matter welcomed the ‘endorsement’ of their campaign, adding that their calculations were backed up by a ‘robust’ report.
Trump has flip-flopped on abortion, and seems to have adopted a rather extreme stance on the issue.In a September 2016 letter addressed to Pro-Life Leader, Trump made his position on abortion painfully clear, saying he s committed to:Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme CourtSigning into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwideDefunding Planned Parenthood as long as it continues to perform abortions, and reallocating its funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for womenMaking the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions
Father Frank Pavone, who calls himself one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world, streamed some questionable content on Facebook Live on Sunday in the name of Donald Trump or something.The priest, once granted the Proudly Pro-life Award from the National Right to Life Committee, streamed a sermon in anticipation of the election standing before in his own words a child who was killed by abortion and entrusted to us by a pathologist for burial.We are going to pray with this baby and we are going to let this baby s body bear witness to our nation as we begin the process to elect our next president, the priest continues, inanely listing off various levels of government.Ravone calmly presents the viewer with a very simple choice.Donald Trump is perhaps closer to God than his opponent considering he presumably grabbed his covenant right by the pussy.He urges viewers—of which there were over 250,000—to choose life.