Facebook banned a pro-life video ad by a judicial candidate, explaining it violated the social-media company’s policy of not allowing “shocking, disrespectful or sensational content.”

Chris McDonough, a Republican candidate for St. Charles County Circuit Judge in Missouri, posted the ad on Sunday, reported the Gateway Pundit.


It features the story of his nephew, Albert, who faced a rare, life-threatening birth defect. Albert’s mother notes in the video that parents with such a diagnosis during pregnancy often are given the option of termination.

But she says Albert “was always our child and never a choice.”

The ad consists of Albert’s parents, sitting on a bench, with gentle music in the background, telling the story of their son’s survival with occasional images of tiny Albert hooked up to tubes in a neonatal intensive care unit.

But Facebook informed McDonough: “Your Ad wasn’t approved because it doesn’t follow our Advertising Policies. We don’t allow ads that contain shocking, disrespectful or sensational content, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence.”

Chris McDonough says in the ad: “In my family, we’ve had some very personal experiences that have made me appreciate firsthand how precious and fragile the gift of human life is. The most recent was the birth of our nephew, Albert. He is a miracle. This is his story. This is a story about life, our first unalienable right.”


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