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Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok: Stop Showing Abortion Disinformation Ads to Teens
Social media networks which so many families rely on for information are taking millions of dollars to lie about abortion. A recent Bloomberg investigation found anti-choice organizations called “crisis pregnancy centers” are increasingly advertising on TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat to reach pregnant teens and young people with misinformation about abortion care.
Why is this important?
These organizations aggressively lie to teens in their most vulnerable moments – telling them abortion is dangerous, that ultrasounds or other procedures are required when they aren’t, and that local clinics don’t have appointments available when they do. This creates a significant public health risk. Some experts estimate abortion bans will increase maternal mortality in women and girls of color by 33%, the same population most likely to see abortion services from a deceitful center.
By profiting from these centers’ advertisements, TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat are spreading misinformation about critical health issues to vulnerable kids.