Google Bans Pro-Life Ads Ahead of Irish Legal Abortion Vote

Abortion, Corruption, Democracy, European Politics, Internet, Rundown

Ireland is set to vote to make abortion legal on May 25th by repealing the country’s 8th amendment. As is usual in the democratic process, both sides of the argument began campaigns to advocate for their interests, though it seems in this case one side has been given a substantial advantage. It seems Google has decided to block all pro-life campaign ads ahead of the election, citing the integrity of the election.

In a company statement, Google announced: “Following our update around election integrity efforts globally, we have decided to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment.” A fair point if only it were truthful. It seems that, while Google kept its promise to censor pro-life campaign ads, searches on its platform show various pro-choice advertising.

Now, this is not an article advocating for either side, in fact this author has been open about his complex relationship with the abortion debate, however, one thing that any person of good will would agree is that suppressing the political rhetoric of one side of an argument is unjust and flies in the face of what liberal democracies stand for.

Emilio Garcia
Deputy Editor, The Unshackled
Host of the Front and Center Podcast