British Pro-Life Group Says Google Settles Lawsuit After Rejecting Abortion Ads
London, England (LifeNews.com) -- A British pro-life group that sued Google in April for rejecting an advertisement that touted its pro-life and Christian views on abortion says the Internet search giant has settled the case. The Christian Institute said Google rejected the "AdWords" ad because it combined abortion and religion.
AdWords is a Google advertising campaign that allows advertisers to purchase ads based on a pay-per-click format on specific keywords.
The Christian Institute wanted Google users to see its ads touting its news and information on British abortion law.
On Wednesday, the group informed LifeNews.com it is "delighted to confirm that our legal proceedings against Google for blocking our abortion ad have been settled on amicable terms."
"As a result of the court action and other representations made to Google in recent months, Google has reviewed its AdWords policy to enable The Christian Institute and other religious associations to place ads on the subject of abortion in a factual and campaigning way," the group said.
"The new policy will apply world-wide with immediate effect," it added.
Mike Judge, the organization's director of communications, told LifeNews.com, "This is an important issue of free speech and religious liberty and we are pleased with Google’s constructive response to this matter."
After rejecting the ads, Google emailed the Christian Institute saying, ""At this time, Google policy does not permit the advertisement of web sites that contain 'abortion and religion-related content.'"
The pro-life group sued and claimed Google ran afoul of the British Equality Act 2006 by discriminating against a group based on its religious faith.
Judge said at the time that allowing abortion ads for pro-abortion blogs and abortion facilities is discriminatory while pro-life ads are rejected.
While Google rejected the Christian Institute ad, it has accepted advertising for pro-life groups and web sites, including LifeNews.com.
The Timothy Plan, a pro-life investment fund, and Heritage House, a prominent company making pro-life wares such as bumper stickers, balloons and T-shirts, have advertised on Google AdWords for some time.
The Christian Institute hoped to run the ads in advance of a vote in the British Parliament on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that allows human cloning and the creation of human-animal hybrids.
Google has come under fire from pro-life advocates before as the family of John Doerr, who owns a sizeable share of Google, contributed nearly a million dollars to the Proposition 71 campaign in California that led to funding embryonic stem cell research.
Libertarian Group Condemns Sarah Palin for Not Killing Disabled Baby in Abortion
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A writer for a libertarian group has written perhaps the most scathing attack on pro-life vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin since the Alaska governor was announced weeks ago as John McCain's running mate. Nicholas Provenzo condemns Palin for the birth of her baby Trig, who has Down syndrome.
Provenzo, who writes for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism, not only bashes her for allowing Trig to be born, but says she should have made the so-called morally justifiable decision to kill him in an abortion.
The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism bills itself as a group "dedicated to advancing individual rights and economic freedom through Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism."
"Like many, I am troubled by the implications of Alaska governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's decision to knowingly give birth to a child disabled with Down syndrome," Provenzo writes.
"Given that Palin's decision is being celebrated in some quarters, it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome (or by extension, any unborn fetus)—a freedom that anti-abortion advocates seek to deny," he adds.
Provenzo advocates not only a discriminatory, but apparently a pro-eugenics view of the disabled that rivals that of Nazi Germany.
"A parent has a moral obligation to provide for his or her children until these children are equipped to provide for themselves," he contends. "Because a person afflicted with Down syndrome is only capable of being marginally productive (if at all) and requires constant care and supervision, unless a parent enjoys the wealth to provide for the lifetime of assistance that their child will require, they are essentially stranding the cost of their child's life upon others"
Provenzo goes on to condemn National Review writer Michael Franc, who sees Down syndrome's victims as "ambassadors of God" who "offer us the opportunity to rise to that greatest of all challenges."
In a rebuke that smacks of selfishness at its worse, Provenzo says, "for many" potential parents of disabled babies, "that opportunity for challenge is little more than a lifetime of endless burden."
Fortunately for Trig, Palin decided otherwise.
While as many as 80-90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, Palin didn't let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child in April and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.
"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," Palin said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained at the time.
"We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives," she said.
'We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed," the 44 year-old governor added.
Trig was born on Friday, one month before his due date, and he weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces.