An advertisenment linking to the National Cancer Institute was rejected by Facebook this week for violating guidelines “by advertising adult products or services, including toys, videos, or sexual enhancement products.”
As noted by ThinkProgress, when clicked, the ad took users to the NCI factsheet explaining that abortion does not increase the risk of later developing breast cancer, as the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer (CAB) falsely claims.
The abortion-cancer theory has been debunked by the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the NCI. The CAB also claims birth control pills are cancer-causing and says they are the equivalent of taking anabolic steroids.
The rejection of the breast cancer ad comes just after activists wrote an open letting to Facebook asking them to change guidelines and ban content that trivializes and promotes violence against women. Despite a no tolerance policy for hate speech, Facebook allows misogynistic content that makes light of rape and violence against women it considers to be “humor.”
“In a world in which hundreds of thousands of women are assaulted daily and where intimate partner violence remains one of the leading causes of death for women around the world, it is not possible to sit on the fence,” said the letter, which was signed by representatives from over 60 women’s organizations.