Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website designed to allow people with all kinds of backgrounds to raise money for a project. Recently, Kickstarter censored the Gosnell Movie, a project by veteran filmmakers Phelim and Ann McElhinney. The movie is based on the true life story and grand jury report of America's most prolific serial killer and abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Kickstarter argued the description of the film submitted to the website, specifically the wording “pledge because of 1000s of babies stabbed to death," needed to be altered in order to comply with community standards. McElhinney and McAleer refused and moved their project to Indiegogo to raise funds instead. So far they've raised $800,000 of their $2.1 million goal.
But it seems the Gosnell Movie isn't the only pro-life project either rejected or censored by Kickstarter. Just a few short days after McElhiney and McAleer moved their film to Indiegogo, another pro-life project was rejected by the company. The project, created by activist Jason Vaughn, is called Stolen Moments.
It’s a simple idea. Everyone has a story to tell. Our stories are made of a special moments throughout our lives. Stories come from both the good and bad moments. Yet, due to abortion we’ve lost millions of potential moments in our lives. Moments that would be part of our story. Moments that were stolen from all of us.
We want to share through a series of short videos some of those moments we’re all missing because of abortion. It’s an idea I’ve fallen in love with and I think once you see what God has laid on our heart to create you will as well.
It’s thrilling to be at the point where we have a great crew assembled and to be ready to raise the funds. We were all set to launch and then got this upsetting news.
I love Kickstarter. If you look at my profile then you’ll see I’ve backed over two dozen campaigns in the last couple of years. They pioneered crowdfunding.
There are two great campaigns I’m promoting right now for some great friends. (Polycarp and Red, White, Blue, & Green)
*Update: Red, White, Blue, & Green has ended their Kickstarter to stand in solidarity with StolenMomentsCampaign.com
What worries me though is not only can I not understand their reasoning for rejecting Stolen Moments, but they also happened to reject another film that has some talk about abortion in it. I’m hesitant to call it a pro-life film because I don’t think the creators would consider it as such.
The team that did FrackNation is looking to make a documentary on the abortionist and serial killer, Kermit Gosnell. For those that haven’t heard about Kermit Gosnell it isn’t really a surprise. He slaughtered thousands of born babies after they were born. This is a story that needs to be told and deserves your support.
Apparently you’re allowed to discuss incest and porn, but Kickstarter isn’t a fan of people telling the true story about babies being ripped apart after birth.
Although Kickstarter rejected Gosnell Movie and Stolen Moments, it approved a film glorifying former late-term abortionist George Tiller and other abortionists like him currently performing the procedure. A reward for donating to the film includes, "mailing you a bouquet…of colorful condoms, arranged like the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen!" Here is a short description:
Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, was a faithful church-goer and a father of four. He was also one of the only doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions for women, and in 2009, he became the eighth American abortion clinic worker to be assassinated since Roe v. Wade. With his death, there are now only four doctors in the country who provide late-term abortions for women. AFTER TILLER goes inside the lives of these physicians, who have become the new number-one targets of the pro-life movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work which many call murder—but which these doctors believe literally saves lives.
Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler denies censoring Gosnell Movie and said the company was simply asking for compliance with community guidelines. Apparently condom bouquets and late-term abortion doctors meet Kickstarter community standards but films exposing the horrors of Kermit Gosnell and the abortion industry are just too much to handle.
"Every private business has the right to discriminate for any reason they want," Vaughn said in an interview. "But they should be open about such discrimination and not try to hide it through false guidelines."