In response to a petition by abortion advocates led by Change.org, Apple has removed an app by the Manhattan Declaration from its store. The Manhattan Declaration is a conservative Christian coalition document. It expresses support for the right to life, but is not a single-issue declaration: it also touches on same-sex marriage (which they oppose), the history of Christianity, and religious freedom jurisprudence. In other words, it’s not the sort of document that SecularProLife.org would produce.
It’s their pro-life stance, though, that got them in trouble:
Change.org sponsored the petition, which, in part, had abortion activists telling Apple that “supporting efforts to restrict choice [abortion] is bad business.”
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The app consists of a four part survey users can take that rates them on how closely their believes are aligned with the values expressed in the Manhattan Declaration. One question asks “Do you believe in protecting life from the moment of conception?” while another asks “Do you support the right of choice regarding abortion?”
Choice to purchase and download an iPhone app asking questions about abortion: No check.
I wish I could say that the hypocrisy was surprising, but we’ve highlighted pro-abortion censorship countless times.
Three additional comments:
1) The petition claims that the Manhattan Declaration app uses “hateful and divisive language.” There is absolutely no basis for that claim, unless they take “hateful” to mean “statements we don’t agree with.”
2) The argument that supporting pro-life efforts is bad for business is a lie based on wishful thinking. In fact, more Americans consider themselves pro-life than pro-choice. Even among self-identified pro-choicers, only a fraction are far gone enough to support censorship.
3) This makes me very glad that I don’t have an iPhone. Apple can count on me never buying one if it continues to capitulate to the demands of an extreme element of the pro-abortion movement.