Facebook’s decision to block sale of black-market abortion drugs enrages left

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health that resulted in the overturning of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion case, pro-abortion activists have taken to social media in an attempt to help women who might live in states where abortion will likely become totally illegal.

Those efforts — which include offering to send prescription abortion pills through the mail and letting women know how to obtain them — are firmly against both Facebook and Twitter’s policies, as such commerce is a federal crime.

Laws haven’t seemed to dissuade mainstream media outlets from making a story out of the situation, with Breitbart reporting that a number of left-leaning outlets have slammed Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for “censoring” such information at a time when women might need it the most.

One NBC News columnist wrote, “It’s staggering that, at the very time women most need information about and access to these medications, Facebook and Instagram are making it hard for them to find it.”

As CBS News reported, Facebook began immediately removing posts that violated the policy in place to prevent users from sending pills or making similar posts that would violate the company’s policies.

The outlet pointed to one particular example that popped up shortly after the high court issued the bombshell ruling. “DM me if you want to order abortion pills, but want them sent to my address instead of yours,” an Instagram post read, before it was taken down by the company.

Andy Stone, a Meta executive in charge of policy, was forced to explain why the social media platform aggressively targeted the abortion pill posts.

“Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed,” said Stone.

He also admitted that some of the posts that were taken down were done so by accident, as some of them technically were not in violation of the particular policies at play.

“Content that discusses the affordability and accessibility of prescription medication is allowed. We’ve discovered some instances of incorrect enforcement and are correcting these,” Stone added.

A number of states’ “trigger laws” went into near-immediate effect upon the overturning of Roe, making abortion illegal or heavily restricted in a number of red states and expanded in several blue states.

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