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YouTube corrects 'context' disclaimer on abortion drug videos

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Erik Baptist regarding a correction YouTube made to its “context” disclaimer on videos ADF posted on the platform explaining the serious harms abortion drugs can cause women. YouTube made the change after receiving a letter on Monday from 16 state attorneys general asking it to correct or remove the misleading disclaimer:

“Women deserve to know the truth about the risks posed by abortion drugs, which is why first-hand accounts like the ones ADF posted on YouTube are so vital. Thanks to the leadership of state attorneys general calling out false information, YouTube has corrected its previously misleading notice. Because of the FDA’s reckless decision to end the requirement that chemical abortions be done by a licensed healthcare professional, women are now typically on their own when taking the drugs, without any direct medical supervision. That is why the YouTube disclaimer was flatly wrong and perfectly illustrates why we are suing the FDA on behalf of four medical associations, their members, and four doctors. The agency has discontinued virtually all safety protocols on abortion drugs, jeopardizing the health and safety of women.”

YouTube’s disclaimer on ADF’s videos now reads: “An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It can be done two different ways: Medication abortion, which uses medicines to end the pregnancy. It is sometimes called a ‘medical abortion’ or ‘abortion with pills.’ Procedural abortion, a procedure to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. It is sometimes called a ‘surgical abortion.’”

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