Facebook has reportedly refused to authorize ads promoting an anti-abortion movie because the social media network considers the film a political ad.
The producers of Roe v. Wade, a new film starring Jon Voight and Stacey Dash, wanted to buy advertising on Facebook.
But the social network said the ad did not align with its new ‘issues of national importance’ guidelines, according to Breitbart.
Nick Loeb, a pro-life Hollywood producer, is best known as Sofia Vergara’s ex-boyfriend.
Facebook has reportedly refused to authorize ads promoting an anti-abortion movie because the social media network considers the film a political ad. The producers of Roe v. Wade, a new film starring Jon Voight (above) and Stacey Dash, wanted to buy advertising on Facebook
But the social network said the ad did not align with its new ‘issues of national importance’ guidelines
He and Cathy Allyn directed and produced Roe v. Wade, a film with a largely conservative supporting cast which includes Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren.
According to Breitbart, Loeb and Allyn wanted to run an ad on Facebook that linked to a Hollywood Reporter article about the film.
The ad included a link to an article which was attached to an image of Voight and the hashtag #BringRoevWadeToLife.
Loeb and Allyn wanted to ‘boost’ the post from their own personal Facebook pages, but the social network said the ad was not approved.
Oscar-winning actor John Voight (left) will take on the role of Supreme Justice Warren E. Burger (right). Burger presided over the landmark Roe v Wade case in 1973
‘Your ad isn’t approved because it doesn’t comply with out Advertising Policies,’ the message from Facebook read.
‘You can click the ad name below to see why it wasn’t approved and edit the ad to have it reviewed again.’
Facebook told Breitbart that the ad was rejected because of changes made that require verification and identification from anyone who wants to post ads on important topics.
In April, Facebook announced new restrictions on those seeking to post ‘issue ads’ including politically oriented ads that touch on issues including elections, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and other sensitive topics.
The social network said it will require anyone posting these ads to undergo a vetting process requiring the authors to produce government-issued ID and mailing addresses.
At the time the new restrictions were announced, Facebook was facing a storm of criticism over its handling of user data as well as its inability to rein in alleged ‘fake news’ that was blamed for misleading voters in the run-up to the 2016 presidential elections.
Pro-lifer Nick Loeb (above) will be providing an alternative – and guaranteed to be controversial – take on the historic case. He will also star in the movie
Loeb says the parallels between discussions around the 1973 case prosecuted by Henry Wade (left) and the ones happening now are uncanny. This month, reports revealed the Supreme Court could hear its first pro-life case since Brett Kavanaugh’s (right) appointment
This is not the first time that Facebook has stood in the way of the filmmakers’ efforts to facilitate the movie’s release and dissemination.
Facebook blocked the fundraising website connected to the film, which seeks to tell the ‘true story of the most corrupt court case in history that led to the murder of 60 million babies.’
A trailer for the controversial film was unveiled this past Monday.
The three-minute trailer for the film showcased its all-star conservative cast, including Academy-award winning actor Voight as Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger.
The movie was developed in near complete secrecy over a series of several months, as filmmakers attempted to avoid a backlash from pro-choice activists.
The trailer flits intermittently between scenes from the film to modern-day news clippings, referencing the mounting speculation that Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the bench may help to overturn the historic case ruling, that legalized abortion in the U.S.
Earlier this month, reports emerged suggesting the Supreme Court could hear its first case that challenges the Roe v Wade decision, following Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The appeal, filed in Indiana, is seeking to enforce a state law forbidding the termination of pregnancy by women who cite Down syndrome or other disabilities as reasoning for the abortion.
‘Everyone is saying Kavanaugh is going to flip the decision and the same thing was said in 1972,’ Loeb told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘There’s actually a lot of parallels between then and now.’
Pro-life advocate Loeb is actually embroiled in his own lawsuit relevant to the films message with former girlfriend Sofia Vargara, regarding a batch of frozen embryos the couple produced.
The filmmaker is currently involved in a near four-year legal dispute with ex Sofia Vagara (left) over a batch of frozen embryos the created back in 2013
While dating in 2013, the pair signed a document which stated that they could not use the embryos without the other party’s consent.
But after their split two years later, Loeb filed a right-to-live lawsuit in California, and then again in Louisiana. He has allegedly named the embryos ‘Isabella’ and ‘Emma’.
The filmmaker admits he was forced to shoot the movie with a pseudomic title over the past year, as filming locations and extras were apparently hard to come by when he was honest about the film’s pro-life message.
A director and a number of other staff members also walked from the set when they discovered the co-writer’s vision.
On January 22, 1973 the US Supreme Court rule it was a constitutional right for women to have access to safe and legal abortion.
At the time, the decision was met with a great deal of controversy with some lawmakers calling the ruling ‘judicial activism’, rather than constitutionally ethical.
But today, a Planned Parenthood study found that 72% of American’s wholeheartedly agree with the legalization of abortion. However fierce opposition still remains, particularly in southern states.