Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Speaks Out Against Online Censorship of Pro-Life Language

April 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today participated in a House Judiciary Committee hearing where she discussed Twitter’s censorship of pro-life views.

During the hearing, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) shared her personal experience with the issue and explained that she had her pro-life message about fighting the sale of baby body parts stricken from Twitter because the company deemed the comments “inflammatory.”

Representative Roby condemned this practice, speaking in defense of both the First Amendment and unborn children:

“The rights we hold as Americans should be upheld whether we are speaking words in an open forum, writing words in a book, or typing words online. We must uphold the First Amendment and its protections in all aspects of our society,” Representative Roby said. “It is appalling to see that the very unborn children who cannot yet speak for themselves have an advocate fighting for them – only to be erased by others. I am proud to be unapologetically pro-life, and I strongly believe that our online platforms must be neutral public forms that will allow us to continue to speak out for the unborn.”

The full text of Representative Roby’s remarks as prepared is below.

First, I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte for calling this hearing and also being open with the type of witnesses and testimony here before the Committee on this very important issue that we must get right.

The rights we hold as Americans should be upheld whether we are speaking words in an open forum, writing words in a book, or typing words online. We must uphold the First Amendment and its protections in all aspects of our society. 

While I did not get the opportunity to ask her a question today, I am so glad my friend and our colleague Representative Marsha Blackburn had the opportunity to come before our Committee today and discuss her own personal experience as well as her work here in Congress to be an advocate for an open and fair internet. 

As Representative Blackburn explained, she had her pro-life message about fighting the disgusting practice of the sale of baby body parts stricken from Twitter because it was deemed “inflammatory” and would cause a negative response.

It is appalling to see that the very unborn children who cannot yet speak for themselves have an advocate fighting for them - to only be erased by others. 

I am proud to be unapologetically pro-life and strongly believe that our online platforms must be neutral public forms, which will allow us to continue to speak out for the unborn.

I am glad all of you here today had the chance to express your own unique circumstances with content uploaded on various online platforms. Your perspective is extremely valuable to this important conversation.

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