UltraViolet Criticizes Republicans in Congress for Party’s Extremist Anti-Abortion Agenda

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 23, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com

UltraViolet Criticizes Republicans in Congress for Party’s Extremist Anti-Abortion Agenda

Ultraviolet slams Rep. Kevin McCarthy for avoidance of abortion at press conference detailing GOP’s political agenda ahead of midterm elections

WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) held a press conference describing the Republican party’s priorities ahead of the midterm elections. While McCarthy did not disclose Republican plans pertaining to abortion ban legislation, he openly promotes a national abortion ban in the “government accountability” section of his website.

In response, Shaunna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet, a national gender justice advocacy group, issued the following statement:

“Rep. McCarthy avoided mentioning abortion during his press conference today — and for good reason. Rep. McCarthy and the GOP know that their goal to ban abortion is wildly unpopular and out of touch with the American electorate on both sides of the political spectrum.

“As midterm elections approach, we’re seeing more and more GOP candidates sheepishly sweep their extremist views on abortion under the rug. Their agenda has always been clear, though: ban abortion in every single state. And they’re not stopping there. Republicans are also clear about their intentions to cut social security and block an assault weapons ban. At this point, we know exactly what to expect from the GOP and should not be surprised by their dangerous, extremist policies.

“If the proposed national abortion ban in the Senate indicates anything, it’s that Republicans in Congress will stop at nothing to control our bodies and healthcare decisions.

“The GOP’s main political strategy is staying in power by waging war on women and families, denying our rights and dismantling our democracy in the process. Republicans see the power of women, especially women of color, Black women, and Indigenous women, and are doing everything in their power to stop us from organizing, mobilizing and voting against their platform.

“We are fighting back with the majority of Americans who want to protect our freedoms and investments in our communities that allow everyone to thrive. Republicans are the nation’s biggest threat to building this better, safer, and healthier way of life.

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UltraViolet Says Corporate Donations to Anti-Choice Politicians Made National Fifteen Week Abortion Ban Bill Possible

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com 

UltraViolet Says Corporate Donations to Anti-Choice Politicians Made National Fifteen Week Abortion Ban Bill Possible

New Senate bill would ban most abortions after fifteen weeks nationwide

Yesterday, Senator Lindsay Graham introduced a National bill that would ban abortion after 15 weeks using an unproven claim that fetuses can feel pain at that stage in a pregnancy.

In response, Sonja Spoo, Political Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy at UltraViolet, a national gender justice organization, issued the following statement:

“This bill is a vivid reminder that the Republican Party’s national priority is to impose its radical anti-woman, anti-family agenda on all Americans–brought to you by corporate America.

“After working for decades to hijack our Courts and impose draconian restrictions on women and pregnant people across the country, the GOP doesn’t think that they’ve gone far enough. The corporations who finance their political campaigns made everything from this legislation, to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and statewide abortion bans and restrictions in dozens of states possible.  In our view, these companies are equally to blame.

“For AT&T, Google, Comcast, General Motors, and many more, funding political campaigns for anti-abortion candidates is ‘business as usual,’  but the American people know this practice is unacceptable. Shame on these corporations.”

Earlier this year, UltraViolet released a report and website detailing how political campaign spending from 111 of America’s largest companies heavily supports anti-abortion politicians who favor abortion bans in 26 states The report shows where corporate donations and corporate PACs most prominently support anti-choice politicians, how much they spend per state, and how concerned citizens can become civically involved. The report is the latest addition to UltraViolet’s Repro Receipts campaign.

VIEW THE WEBSITE HERE: https://reproreceipts.com 

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UltraViolet Says New Consumer Notices on Google Maps for Fake Abortion Clinics is “Productive First Step,” But More Action Needed

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 29, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com

UltraViolet Says New Consumer Notices on Google Maps for Fake Abortion Clinics is “Productive First Step,” But More Action Needed

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Last week, Google announced that its “search” and “map” functions will start including consumer notices that fake abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) “might not provide abortions.”

Google’s decision comes after consumer review website Yelp’s decision to differentiate crisis pregnancy centers from abortion clinics notifying users that CPCs “typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.”

In response, Shaunna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet, a national gender justice organization, issued the following statement:

“After months of public pressure from abortion rights groups and advocacy organizations like UltraViolet, Google has finally decided to flag that phony abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers ‘may not’ provide abortions. While this is a productive first step, it’s clear more action is needed.

“Google needs to stop profiting from and running ads for fake clinics once and for all, and to stop populating fake clinics and crisis pregnancy centers on its search functions for people seeking abortion care or reproductive health services.  Advertisements that spread disinformation about reproductive healthcare, including coercive tactics that restrict patients from accessing abortion, is exacerbating the public health crisis that that has only grown since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June.  

“Tech giants like Google have the power and responsibility to inform their users with medically accurate information. We can recognize this is progress”

 Since 2015, UltraViolet has helped lead efforts authoring coalition letters, running ads, hosting petitions, and spearheading organizing efforts to urge that Google remove CPC and fake abortion clinic ads from its search engine.

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UltraViolet on Hulu Reversing It’s Ad Policy to Allow Ads on Abortion and Gun Control 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
CONTACT: Brett Abrams | brett@unbendablemedia.com 

UltraViolet on Hulu Reversing It’s Ad Policy to Allow Ads on Abortion and Gun Control 

Gender Justice Group Celebrates Hulu’s Reversal Saying Abortion and Gun Control Are Not Controversial Issues; Warns Platform Against Accepting Ads With Misinformation or Disinformation About Topics 

In reaction to Hulu announcing that it has reversed its ad policy and will now allow ads on the platform that discuss abortion and gun control, Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, a leading national gender justice organization, issued the following statement: 

“Disney’s decision to allow political advertisements that reference abortion and gun control on Hulu’s ad platofrm is the right decision, and it shouldn’t have taken public pressure from activists to get there.

“Abortion and gun control are not controversial issues that Disney and Hulu claim they are. The overwhelming majority of Americans support access to abortion (85 percent believe it should be legal in some or all circumstances) and common sense gun safety reforms (nearly 68 percent back stricter gun laws). Accurate and accessible advertisements related to abortion care is critical to ensuring the public health and safety of viewers and can help limit the spread of dangerous disinformation. 

“But Disney and Hulu must make sure this change in policy does not become a tool for bad actors to run ads spreading dangerous medical disinformation about abortion. We need Hulu to lay out a clear policy that allows discussion of these topics, but limits that discussion to factual, real information that benefits its viewers.”

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BREAKING: YouTube Says It Will Start Removing Abortion Misinformation in Response to Letter from UltraViolet, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and 200+ medical providers and civil society organizations 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 21, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com 

 

BREAKING: YouTube Says It Will Start Removing Abortion Misinformation in Response to Letter from UltraViolet, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and 200+ medical providers and civil society organizations 

 

Statement from Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, a leading national gender justice organization, on YouTube’s announcement that it will begin to remove abortion disinformation: 

“With pregnant people forced to navigate unreasonable restrictions on abortion access in the wake of the Supreme Court decision eliminating Constitutional protections for abortion, the spread of disinformation and misinformation about abortion online is flat out dangerous. 

“Pregnant people have always needed accurate information about sexual and reproductive health and now with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a disinformation epidemic must be prevented and stemmed immediately. Promoting untested theories about abortion across social media is not just unsafe–it’s life threatening.  YouTube’s decision to start removing abortion-related misinformation and linking to factual information is a critical step in protecting public health and the people who seek answers and solutions to reproductive health options online.  We applaud YouTube for listening to the concerns of more than 70 health care providers who called on social media platforms to address abortion disinformation.

“While this is a significant improvement in how to address medical mis- and disinformation on YouTube, more is needed for both YouTube and Google. Criteria for abortion-related medical disinformation must extend to fake pregnancy centers and Google must implement policies to protect user privacy, data, location tracking, and more on both YouTube and other G-suite platforms.  

“TikTok, Twitter and Meta must follow YouTube’s lead, and stop the spread of this dangerous misinformation.”

Earlier this month, UltraViolet, in collaboration with Physicians for Reproductive Health, organized an open letter signed by 70+of health care providers and 190+ non-profit organizations urging social media platforms – including YouTube – to “do no harm” and stop the spread of abortion-related disinformation online. 

The letter, calls on the platforms to: 

  • Remove harmful medical disinformation about abortion care, including disinformation on mifepristone and misoprostol, and deplatform accounts that continue to post this harmful content.
  • Link to medically accurate information to provide correct, scientifically sound medical information about these prescriptions, similar to what your companies have done in response to / to address COVID disinformation.
  • Expand disinformation policies to include bans on medical disinformation, including abortion disinformation.
  • Implement these policies across all languages used on your platforms.

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE: https://weareultraviolet.org/medical-disinformation-on-facebook-instagram-tiktok-twitter-and-youtube/

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UltraViolet Applauds President Biden’s Choice Not to Advance Nomination of Anti-Choice Judge With Lifetime Appointment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com

UltraViolet Applauds President Biden’s Choice Not to Advance Nomination of Anti-Choice Judge With Lifetime Appointment

WASHINGTON, DC — Moments ago, the White House abandoned plans to nominate a Kentucky lawyer who opposes abortion rights as a federal judge with a lifetime appointment

In response, Sonja Spoo, director of reproductive rights at UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, issued the following statement:

“This is the right thing to do and we applaud the President for not advancing this nomination. The last thing we need at this moment is more anti-choice judges with lifetime appointments.

“Tens of thousands of UltraViolet members told President Biden not to nominate Judge Meredith. It’s clear the president is listening to the voices of women across the country who are asking for strong leadership from the president we elected. Pulling Chad Meredith from consideration shows that the president understands the stakes of this moment and the opportunity for leadership on the right side of history.”

“We ask the president to continue to lean into the clear mandate he has from the American people to protect abortion access to the maximum level.”

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UltraViolet Slams the GOP, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, & Washington Post for Media Coverage After Ten-Year-Old Rape Survivor Impregnated by Her Attacker Sought Abortion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 14, 2022
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UltraViolet Slams the GOP, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, & Washington Post for Media Coverage After Ten-Year-Old Rape Survivor Impregnated by Her Attacker Sought Abortion

Last week, a ten-year-old girl who became pregnant after surviving rape was forced to travel to Indiana for an abortion after she was denied the procedure in her home state of Ohio.

In response, Bridget Todd, communications director of UltraViolet, a leader national gender equity advocacy organization, issued the following statement criticizing the GOP, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post for their comments on the topic:

“The GOP, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post spewed flagrantly offensive, bogus comments to millions of people about a ten-year-old girl who was raped, impregnated by her attacker, and subsequently sought an abortion in her home state of Ohio. Their remarks and the media coverage surrounding them are appalling and unacceptable from a moral and journalistic perspective.

“Because of abortion bans passed in Ohio by Republicans, a ten-year-old girl was forced to travel across state lines to access a legal medical abortion. This in itself is horrific. Fox News then reported the abortion provider’s name and showed her photo, labeled her an ‘activist’ and implied she should be arrested. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page published a full piece calling this disturbing story a ‘fanciful tale.’ The Washington Post did the GOP’s bidding, stating the story had ‘one source’ and ‘couldn’t be corroborated,’ despite confirmation the child was raped and impregnated both before and after she was provided an abortion.

“To be clear, right-wing anti-abortion extremists intentionally spread disinformation about a ten-year-old girl who was raped, impregnated by her attacker and forced out of state to access an abortion. So much of the media coverage resulting from this occurrence was heavily manipulated by the GOP to spread disinformation about lifesaving reproductive healthcare.

“The dangers of unchecked disinformation that is spun, supported, and rammed into the public sphere by Republican politicians, Fox news and legacy media is causing real, lasting damage in this country. We must find better ways to hold news editors, reporters, and media executives responsible for allowing this kind of volatile and factually inaccurate content online and on the air.”

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Medical Providers Call on Social Media Platforms to “Do No Harm” and Stop the Spread of Abortion-Related Disinformation Online

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 14, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com

Medical Providers Call on Social Media Platforms to “Do No Harm” and Stop the Spread of Abortion-Related Disinformation Online

Health Care Providers and Non-Profits Urge TikTok, Twitter, Meta and YouTube to Stop Enabling and Profiting From Dangerous Medical Disinformation About FDA-Approved Drugs Like Mifepristone and Misoprostol

WASHINGTON, DC — In a new open letter, a coalition of medical providers, health care professions, and advocacy nonprofits are urging TikTok, Twitter, Facebook/Instagram and YouTube to “do no harm” and stop the spread of abortion-related disinformation online.

The letter, organized by Physicians for Reproductive Health, and the national gender justice organization, UltraViolet, takes specific aim at how the platforms are enabling, profiting from, and spreading dangerous medical disinformation and misinformation about the FDA-approved drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. Both drugs are used in a FDA-approved regimen for medication abortion care, and have a long track record of safety and scientitic study.

However, thousands of posts across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube have false claims that these FDA-approved and provider-prescribed medications are unsafe, calling them “deadly,” “dangerous,” and “chemical,” falsely claiming they pose “serious health risks,” and describing medication abortion as “death by mail.”

The letter, calls on the platforms to:

Remove harmful medical disinformation about abortion care, including disinformation on mifepristone and misoprostol, and deplatform accounts that continue to post this harmful content.
Link to medically accurate information to provide correct, scientifically sound medical information about these prescriptions, similar to what your companies have done in response to / to address COVID disinformation.
Expand disinformation policies to include bans on medical disinformation, including abortion disinformation.
Implement these policies across all languages used on your platforms.

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE: https://weareultraviolet.org/medical-disinformation-on-facebook-instagram-tiktok-twitter-and-youtube/

Additionally, the letter cites how platforms have allowed both organic and paid promotion of potentially life-threatening claims about a dangerous and medically unproven procedure known as “abortion reversal.”

Abortion “reversal” is a non-medical term used by those who are anti-abortion to describe a medically unproven protocol in which a high dose of progesterone is given after the first of the two medications are administered.

“As an abortion provider and as the President and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health, a network of almost 500 physician advocates across the country, I know how critical it is that all people have access to medically accurate, evidence-based information about their health,” explained Dr. Jamila Perritt, and OB/GYN and President & CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health. “Disinformation and misinformation about abortion is dangerous, especially in a time where people are navigating onerous and oppressive abortion bans around the country. If tech platforms actually want to support their employees, their families, and their customers, they must be dedicated to sharing accurate information about sexual and reproductive health care. All people are deserving of the truth. No one should be fed coercive, inaccurate, shameful information, including from their social media networks.”

“Promoting untested theories across social media is not just unsafe–it’s life threatening,” added Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet. “The fact that TikTok, Twitter, Facebook/Instagram and YouTube have allowed this information to continue unchecked, even while profiting from paid advertisements spreading it – is not just irresponsible, it’s dangerous.”

The letter was signed by 72 medical providers and healthcare professionals, and supported by 192 nonprofit advocacy organizations including:

#ShePersisted, #VOTEPROCHOICE, 2+ Abortions Worldwide, A Woman’s Choice, Inc., AAUW Seattle, Abortion Access Front, Abortion Care Network, Abortion Freedom Fund, Abortion On Our Own Terms, ACCESS Reproductive Justice, Accountable Tech, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Advocates for Youth, African American Ministers In Action , AI for the People Inc., Alianza Americas, All-Options, All* Above All Action Fund, American Federation of Teachers, American, Humanist Association, Anti Defamation League, Apiary for Practical Support, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Athlete Ally, Autistic Self Advocacy Network,Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, Avow — Unapologetic Abortion Advocacy, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Battle Born Progress NV, Be A Hero, BlackPAC, Blue Future, Broward for Progress, Carolina Abortion Fund, Catalist, Catholics for Choice, Cedar River Clinics, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Countering Digital Hate, Center for Disability Rights, Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research (CLEAR), Center for Reproductive Rights, Chicago Abortion Fund, Chicago Foundation for Women, Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, Cobalt, COLAGE, Color of Change, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Committee to Protect Health Care, DC Section, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Delaware NOW, DemCast USA, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay, Doctors for America, Doctors In Politics, EMAA Project, EMILY’s List, EMILY’s List Action, Equality California, Equality Labs, Equity Forward, ERA Coalition, Faith Choice Ohio, Faith in Public Life, Faithful America, Feed Our Democracy, Feminist Campus, Feminist Majority Foundation, FL National Organization For Women, Florida Access Network, Fòs Feminista, Free Press, Free Speech For People, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Fund Texas Choice, Fuse Washington. Gender Justice, Georgia Equality, GLAAD, Global Justice Center, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!), Greater Orlando National Organization for Women, Health Care Voices, High Heights for America, Ibis Reproductive Health, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Indivisible Plus Washington, Indivisible Washington’s 8th District, Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, Ipas, Jane’s Due Process, Jewish Women International (JWI), Kairos, LB/OC Women Rising, Liberate Abortion, Long Beach Resister Sisters, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Love Me Unlimited 4 Life, Lucy & Isadore B. Adelman Foundation, me too. International, Medical Students for Choice, Midwest Access Coalition, MomsRising, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Abortion Federation, National Abortion Federation, National Birth Equity Collaborative, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Jewish Women CA, National Council of Jewish Women Sacramento Section, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section,National Crittenton, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, National Health Law Program, National Institute for Reproductive Health, National LGBT Cancer Network, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Organization for Women, National Organization for Women (NOW) – Virginia, National Partnership for Women & Families, Network for Long COVID Justice / Strategies for High Impact, NOISE FOR NOW,NOW of Greater Marion County, Nurses for Sexual & Reproductive Health, Oregonizers, Out Boulder County, ParentsTogether, Park Avenue Christian Church, Plan C, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Population Connection, Prairie Action North Dakota, Presente.org, Pro Choice Missouri, Pro-Choice Connecticut, Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice North Carolina, Pro-Choice Ohio, Pro-Choice Oregon, Pro-Choice Washington, ProgressNow New Mexico, Public Citizen, Reclaim,Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, REPRO Rising Virginia, Reproaction, Reprocare, Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire,Reproductive Health Access Project, Reproductive Justice Action Collective, Reproductive Justice Resilience Project, Reproductive Rights Coalition, Resilience, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), SHERo Mississippi, SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, South Texans for Reproductive Justice, St. Lawrence County, NY League of Women Voters, State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Stop Online Violence Against Women Inc. SumOfUs, Supermajority, Tampa Bay Access Force, The Abortion Diary, The Florida Immigrant Coalition, The Sparrow Project, The Tech Oversight Project, The Womxn Project, Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH), Union of Concerned Scientists, Unitarian Universalist Association, United State of Women, URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, Vermont Public Interest Research Group,Western States Center, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Win Black, Win Without War, Wisconsin Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Women Donors, Women Help Women/SASS, Women Lawyers On Guard Action Network, Inc., Women of Reform Judaism, Women’s March, Women’s March Sussex – DE, Women’s Medical Fund, Inc., Yellowhammer Fund

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Elon Musk’s Failed Bid to Takeover & Privatize Twitter is a Small Win for Internet Safety Says UltraViolet

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 8, 2022
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com

Elon Musk’s Failed Bid to Takeover & Privatize Twitter is a Small Win for Internet Safety Says UltraViolet

Statement from Bridget Todd, communications director at UltraViolet, on reports from Bloomberg that Elon Musk’s advisors formally notified Twitter that he is terminating the merger agreement.

“Since announcing his intention to buy Twitter, Elon Musk has spent the last few months showing us how he would run the platform.

“During that time, he publicly attacked a prominent woman of color in leadership tasked with making the platform safer, opening her up to a flood of harassment, he demanded that Twitter welcome hateful transphobic rhetoric on the platform, and he said he would open the door to continuing to allow Trump to use the platform to spew dangerous lies and foment violence and hate. A Twitter under Musk’s leadership would have ripped open Pandora’s box and reopened the floodgates for hate and baseless conspiracy theories – making the platform, and the country a more dangerous place for all of us but especially for women.

“That’s why today’s news that Musk is backing away from his deal with Twitter is a welcome reprieve for women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s proof that when we stand up and make our voices heard we can make a difference, and we can defeat disinformation.

“From the beginning, advocacy groups like UltraViolet, Media Matters and Accountable Tech made it clear that Elon Musk only wanted to take over Twitter to advance his right-wing, red-pilled political ideology. We challenged advertisers and major brands to live up to their values and make it clear they wouldn’t support this disinformation campaign – and it worked.

“Because of Musk’s bad business decisions, and embrace of extremism – he is now walking away from the deal defeated. Don’t buy his excuses about bots or spam accounts.

“We celebrate the significance of Elon Musk’s defeat – for our democracy, and in the war against disinformation.”

Earlier this year, UltraViolet released a report card assigning letter grades to social media platforms such as Facebook/Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Reddit, and Twitter. Each platform is graded based on current hate speech policies and processes, including the removal of disinformation, threats of violence, white nationalist content, and discrimination based on gender identity, race, and sexual orientation. Twitter recently began beta-testing a COVID-19 reporting function and removed bad actors from the platform, including Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene, in response to UltraViolet’s demands.

VIEW THE REPORT HERE: https://weareuv.us/feministnetreport
VIEW THE REPORT CARD HERE: https://weareuv.us/reportcard

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UltraViolet on Match Group Halting Political Donations in the Wake of the Supreme Court Decision on Abortion Rights

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 8, 2022
CONTACT: Brett Abrams | brett@unbendablemedia.com

UltraViolet on Match Group Halting Political Donations in the Wake of the Supreme Court Decision on Abortion Rights

Group Says Match.com is the first to acknowledge their political giving was out of step with their company’s values and every major corporation bankrolling the anti-abortion movement should take notice.

Statement from Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director at UltraViolet, a leading gender justice organization, on Match Group ending political donations to Attorneys General candidates in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling eliminating Constitutional protections for abortion:

“Match Group’s announcement that it will be pausing some political donations in the wake of the Supreme Court decision gutting Constitutional protections for abortion rights is an important step in corporate accountability.

“The Republican Party is pushing an extremist agenda – one that is focused on rolling back the rights of women, pregnant people, members of the LGBTQ+ community and the civil rights of Black and Brown voters across the United States. In response to abortion bans, hundreds of corporations have publicly announced they will provide benefits and services to employees who need abortions. But those commitments are meaningless if they are also funding the very politicians attacking the basic rights of their employees.

“While the influence of corporate money in our political system is toxic in and of itself – if Match Group and other major corporations paid attention to the political stances of who it gave to, they would have seen this coming. Abortion is a bellwether issue that often also indicates a politician’s support for other extreme and dangerous bills aimed at rolling back basic rights including bills that further restrict the Civil Rights for LGBTQ+ people and people of color. If you support abortion bans – you are more likely to support attacks on LGBTQ+ kids and more likely to support measures to disenfranchise Black, Indigenous, and other people of color at the ballot box.

“Match Group – and all other major corporations – should be making their political giving decisions in alignment with their values as a company. UltraViolet and our over one million members will be demanding they do just that.

This month, UltraViolet released new data showing that political campaign spending from 111 of America’s largest companies heavily supports anti-abortion politicians who favor abortion bans in 26 states. The group also launched a new website supporting this data that details where corporate donations and corporate PACS most prominently support anti-choice politicians, how much they spend per state, and how concerned citizens can become civically involved.

VIEW THE WEBSITE HERE: https://reproreceipts.com

VIEW THE REPORT HERE: https://weareuv.us/rrmemo
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