Facebook's supposedly 'unbiased' fact-checkers are anything but unbiased
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Facebook’s supposedly ‘unbiased’ fact-checkers are anything but unbiased

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Two abortionists selected by Facebook’s fact check organization (to fact check Live Action’s claim that abortion is never medically necessary) wrote a Washington Post op-ed implying that because they are doctors they are to be excused from the possibility of being biased. As previously noted by Live Action News, Dr. Robyn Schickler and Dr. Daniel Grossman both perform abortions and are connected to abortion-promoting organizations — some that are either directly funded by the abortion pill manufacturer, DANCO Laboratories, or are funded by DANCO investors. Days after publishing the hit piece, the Facebook “fact checker” Health Feedback, an arm of Science Feedback, added a third abortion advocate, Dr. Jennifer Gunter, along with “clarifications” from the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Live Action News has documented the modifications made to the original Health Feedback “fact check” of Live Action below:

  • Original fact check with abortionists Robyn Schickler and Daniel Grossman: HERE. (See Live Action News’ background on these abortionists here.)
  • September 3, 2019 fact check updated with (pro-abortion) ACOG “clarification”: HERE. (See details on ACOG’s background in abortion from Live Action News here.)
  • September 11, 2019 fact check updates with Alexis Shub and Jen Gunter added HERE.
Jennifer Gunter Robyn Schickler Daniel Grossman facebook fact checker abortionists

Facebook fact checker abortionists Robyn Schickler, Daniel Grossman, and Jennifer Gunter

Following a letter from concerned Senators that Facebook had unfairly censored Live Action, Facebook decided to temporarily lift potential restrictions against Live Action and Lila Rose’s Facebook pages, pending an investigation. Facebook’s alleged third party group, the “International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN),” — a unit of the Poynter Institute which selected Health Feedback — released a statement that it is “investigating” Health Feedback for potentially “violating IFCN’s Code of Principles… [of] non-partisanship….”

Daniel Grossman protested the move, claiming that his involvement in targeting Live Action was not out of bias, by tweeting, “I was asked to weigh in on a medical question about abortion by Facebook fact checkers. The fact that I provide abortions doesn’t make me biased — it makes me a well-informed expert.”

Image: Daniel Grossman claims he is not biased on abortion (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman claims he is not biased on abortion (Image: Twitter)

In its Code of Principles IFCN claims, “This code of principles is for organizations that regularly publish nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. It is the result of consultations among fact-checkers from around the world and offers conscientious practitioners principles to aspire to in their everyday work.” To be a signatory, IFCN makes it clear that “non-partisanship and fairness” is required.

“The external assessors review 12 aspects related to our five principles: non-partisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding and organization, transparency of methodology, and open and honest corrections policy. The evidence shared by the applicant for each criterion can be rated either as “compliant”, “partially compliant” or “non-compliant”.”

But these abortionist fact checkers are most certainly not “unbiased” or impartial.

1) Robyn Schickler

Robyn Schickler is an admitted abortion provider (see tweets below). She considers abortion — the deliberate killing of a baby in the womb — to be “health care”:

Image: Robyn Schickler says she is proud to be an abortion provider (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler says she is proud to be an abortion provider (Image: Twitter)

Schickler is a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH).

Image: Robyn Schickler abortion provider (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler abortion provider (Image: Twitter)

 

Image: Robyn Schickler calls abortion medically necessary (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler calls abortion medically necessary (Image: Twitter)

PRH’s stated mission includes advocating for abortion and abortion providers.

Image: PRH’s stated mission includes advocating for abortion and abortion providers

PRH’s stated mission includes advocating for abortion and abortion providers

Robyn Schickler is part of the Fellowship in Family Planning, a division of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), which trains abortion providers. FFP’s mission statement seeks “[t]o ensure that quality abortion and contraception are valued as core essential components of women’s health.”

Image: Fellowship in Family Planning (FFP) mission statement is abortion

Fellowship in Family Planning (FFP) mission statement is abortion (Image credit: June 2018 screen shot from FFP website)

Robyn Schickler has held a “Papaya Workshop” to other fellows in the program, to demonstrate how to do abortions using fruit.

Image: Robyn Schickler Papaya Workshop USC FP (Image: Facebook)

Robyn Schickler Papaya Workshop USC FP (Image: Facebook)

Robyn Schickler has tweeted that “‘Pro-life’ is a lie.”

Image: Robyn Schickler calls prolife a lie (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler calls prolife a lie (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler supports Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Image: Robyn Schickler supports Planned Parenthood (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler supports Planned Parenthood (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler attacks pro-life legislation as “anti-choice.”

Image: Robyn Schickler supports Planned Parenthood calls prolife anti-choice (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler supports Planned Parenthood calls prolife anti-choice (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler openly opposes pro-life heartbeat legislation in Ohio:

Image: Robyn Schickler opposes prolife heartbeat bills in Ohio (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler opposes prolife heartbeat bills in Ohio (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler is a NARAL supporter and tweeted, “we cannot go backwards. #NoAbortionBan.”

Image: Abortionist Robyn Schickler supports NARAL (Image: Twitter)

Abortionist Robyn Schickler supports NARAL (Image: Twitter)

Robyn Schickler works for an Ohio Planned Parenthood, according to a directory of providers published by the Ohio Health HMO’s network.

Image: Robyn Schickler works at an Ohio Planned Parenthood

Robyn Schickler works at an Ohio Planned Parenthood

Online sites show Robyn Schickler is also listed at additional Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio.

 

2) Daniel Grossman

Daniel Grossmanis an admitted abortion provider who “provides clinical services, including abortion care, as a consultant to Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific.” Grossman is on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America [Editor’s note: Grossman ended his time there on September 26, 2019, a month after the fact check] and a well-known abortion facility chain (Whole Woman’s Health). He is a liaison member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Medical Committee and has also testified that he is a member of International Planned Parenthood Federation Safe Abortion Action Fund Technical Review Panel (London) and member of the Medical Development Team for Marie Stopes International (London).

Grossman is part of the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) abortion training program, is senior adviser at Ibis Reproductive Health, and is behind the push to expand so-called self-managed abortion. Grossman is also behind an abortion pill clinical trial for pharmacy dispensing. Grossman is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Contraception, where he publishes his abortion studies. That Journal is funded by the Packard Foundation, an original investor of the abortion pill manufacturer, DANCO Laboratories.

Image: Abortionist Daniel Grossman authors fact check against pro-life group (Image: Twitter)

Abortionist Daniel Grossman authors fact check against pro-life group (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman is an abortion provider:

Image: Daniel Grossman abortion provider (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman abortion provider (Image: Twitter)

 

Image: Daniel Grossman provides abortions (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman provides abortions (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman is on the Board of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA) abortion chain (WWH has a history of violations) which has fought pro-life measures in Texas on behalf of WWH.

Image: Daniel Grossman Board WWHA abortion clinic chain

Daniel Grossman Board WWHA abortion clinic chain

Image: Daniel Grossman and WWH founder Amy Hagstrom

Daniel Grossman and WWH founder Amy Hagstrom

 

Image: Daniel Grossman Board of WWHA abortion clinic chain (Image: Facebook)

Daniel Grossman Board of WWHA abortion clinic chain (Image: Facebook)

Daniel Grossman is an officer and sits of the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America [Editor’s note: Grossman ended his time there on Sept. 26, 2019, a month after the fact check], whose stated mission is to “develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.”

Image: NARAL Mission includes abortion

NARAL Mission includes abortion (Image NARAL 2016 AR)

Grossman has been on the NARAL board for years — here is the current 2019 website [Editor’s note: Grossman ended his time on the board on Sept. 26, 2019, a month after the fact check]:

Image: Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL

Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL Pro-choice America

Daniel Grossman on NARAL Board (2018):

Image: Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL 2018 (Image: NARAL 2018 AR)

Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL 2018 (Image: NARAL 2018 AR)

Grossman on NARAL Board 2017:

Image: Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL 2017 (Image: NARAL 2017 AR)

Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL 2017 (Image: NARAL 2017 AR)

Grossman on NARAL Board 2016:

Image: Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL 2016

Daniel Grossman is on board of NARAL 2016

Daniel Grossman is a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

Image: Daniel Grossman member of NAF (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman member of NAF (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman provides abortions at Planned Parenthood.

Image: Daniel Grossman provides abortions at Planned Parenthood (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman provides abortions at Planned Parenthood (Image: Twitter)

Grossman has stated, “I provide clinical services, including abortion care, as a consultant to Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, and I serve as a liaison member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Medical Committee.”

Image" Daniel Grossman abortion and consultant to Planned Parenthood

Daniel Grossman abortion and consultant to Planned Parenthood

Grossman is director of University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), which aims to improve access to “safe abortion” in the United States.

Image: Daniel Grossman is director at ANSIRH

Daniel Grossman is director at ANSIRH

Daniel Grossman is on the board of the Later Abortion Initiative (LAI).

Image: Daniel Grossman sits on the board of the Later Abortion Initiative (LAI)

Daniel Grossman sits on the board of the Later Abortion Initiative (LAI)

LAI claims to focus “on the increased stigma, challenges and barriers for women who need abortions after 18 weeks…Increase the number of sites where later abortion is available and create support for clinics that currently provide vital later abortion care…expand the number of physicians who can perform later abortion, especially at 20 weeks’ gestation and beyond…build support for later abortion and fight restrictions on later abortion at the state level.”

Image: Daniel Grossman board of Later Abortion Initiative LAI goals

Daniel Grossman board of Later Abortion Initiative LAI goals

Image: Daniel Grossman fetus cannot feel pain until birth ( Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman claims a fetus cannot feel pain until birth, but does not explain why (Image: Twitter)

Daniel Grossman is a professor at UCSF and is on staff at UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which trains abortion providers.

Image: Daniel Grossman is a professor at UCSF and on staff at Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health which trains abortion providers

Daniel Grossman is a professor at UCSF and on staff at Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health which trains abortion providers

Grossman is leading the push for so-called “self-managed” abortion and behind several clinical trials to expand abortion.

Image: Daniel Grossman abortion pill clinical trial protocol

Daniel Grossman abortion pill clinical trial protocol

UCSF is sponsoring Grossman’s pharmacy dispensing and Mail Order dispensing abortion pill clinical trials outside FDA approved safety system known as REMS.

 

Live Action News has documented several times how the Buffett and Packard foundations were original investors in DANCO Laboratories, the abortion pill manufacturer, along with billionaire George Soros (Open Society Foundations). Live Action News uncovered that the Buffett Foundation has been an anonymous funding source for at least one abortion pill study co-authored by Grossman.

Image: Daniel Grossman professor UCSF abortion training at Bixby

Daniel Grossman professor UCSF abortion training at Bixby

UC’s programs are funded by Packard. In past years, Buffett gave $78 million to the University of California — and according to the New York Times, Buffett is the primary financier of the Bixby Center’s Ryan Residency Program at UCSF, where Daniel Grossman works. In 2016, ProPublica revealed that “Buffett’s main academic partner (receiving at least $88 million from 2001 to 2014) has been the University of California, San Francisco…” where Grossman is on staff.

Image: Buffett funds UCSF Bixby Ryan program where Grossman is staff and Family Planning Fellowship

Buffett funds UCSF Bixby Ryan program where Grossman is staff and Family Planning Fellowship

Daniel Grossman is a member of Editorial Board of Journal Contraceptionfunded by the Packard Foundation (an investor in abortion pill manufacturer Danco), where Grossman publishes his abortion studies.

Image: Daniel Grossman editorial board of Journal Contraception

Daniel Grossman editorial board of Journal Contraception

Learn more about the Journal’s ties to abortion insiders here.

Daniel Grossman is on staff as a Senior Advisor at Ibis Reproductive Health which is directly funded by abortion pill manufacturer DANCO, as well as investor the Packard Foundation and others.

Image: Daniel Grossman staff at Ibis funded by abortion pill mfg

Daniel Grossman staff at Ibis funded by abortion pill mfg

In addition, Grossman has:

On Twitter, Grossman questioned the knowledge of Live Action president Lila Rose for not going to medical school, yet he advocates for self-managed abortion and for allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.

Image: Daniel Grossman abortionist questions Live Action president Lila Rose (Image Twitter)

3) Jennifer Gunter: 

Image: Jen Gunter (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter calling pro-lifers “forced birth trolls” (Image: Twitter)

Jennifer Gunter calls the pro-life position “pro lie”…

Image: Jen Gunter pro-life is pro lie (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter pro-life is pro lie (Image: Twitter)

… and “forced birthers.”

Image: Jen Gunter prolife is forced birther (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter prolife is forced birther (Image: Twitter)

In May, even before Jennifer Gunter’s blog was cited by Facebook’s “fact checker” website, she referred to Live Action as “liars.”

Image: Jen Gunter calls Live Action "liars" (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter calls Live Action “liars” (Image: Twitter)

Jennifer Gunter regularly engages with Live Action on Twitter. She has insinuated that preborn children aren’t human beings:

Image: Jen Gunter tweets to Live Action (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter tweets to Live Action (Image: Twitter)

She has claimed babies aren’t killed in abortion:

Image: Jen Gunter tweets to Live Action no one kills baby in abortion (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter tweets to Live Action no one kills baby in abortion (Image: Twitter)

 

Image: Jen Gunter calls Lila Rose ignorant (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter calls Lila Rose ignorant (Image: Twitter)

She seems to get upset by the term “preborn” (warning: profanity):

Image: Jen Gunter tweets to Lila Rose (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter tweets to Lila Rose (Image: Twitter)

She has directly labeled Live Action president Lila Rose on Twitter as a “forced birther”:

Image: Jen Gunter Lila Rose forced birther (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter Lila Rose forced birther (Image: Twitter)

Jennifer Gunter recently tweeted that “all abortions are needed. The need is to not be pregnant.”

Image: Jen Gunter all abortions are needed (Image: Twitter)

Jen Gunter all abortions are needed (Image: Twitter)

On Gunter’s blog (linked to by Health Feedback), Gunter stated, “I have been an OB/GYN for 28 years and, including my residency, I provided abortion services for 16 of those years. I have not provided abortion services for the past 13 years.”

Gunter added, in part:

I am an OB/GYN board certified in two countries. I did a 5 year residency in which I trained to do abortion up to about 24-25 weeks… For 3-4 of the 6 years that I practiced in Kansas there was no gestational age limit…. That means I could have done an abortion at any gestational age — even right up to the due date….

In general, we will offer a c-section at 24 weeks, but if it looks promising at 23 weeks and 2 days and based on the patient’s wishes we may offer one that early. There are times at 25 or even 26 weeks where we recommend against a c-section and an abortion is offered….

Image: Jennifer Gunter abortionist trained in late abortion (Image: Twitter)

Jennifer Gunter abortionist trained in late abortion (Image: Twitter)

Jennifer Gunter has called information at the American Association of Pro-Life OBGYN (AAPLOG’s) website, “medical lies.”

Image: Jen Gunter calls AAPLOG website medical lies

Jen Gunter calls AAPLOG website medical lies

Jennifer Gunter is currently a scheduled speaker at the Bixby Center which trains abortionists.

Image: Jen Gunter to speak at the Bixby Center

Jen Gunter to speak at the Bixby Center

Health Feedback Editor: 

Live Action News has previously documented how the “process” used by Health Feedback was flawed and how the editor recruited partisan “fact checkers” with personal motivations to see that abortion is expanded. It wasn’t the first time the “fact check” group chose abortionists to target pro-life groups; the same Health Feedback editor previously recruited two abortionists to “fact check” the pro-life news website LifeSiteNews.

Health Feedback’s editor, , had a previous position with Singapore research company A*Star as a “postdoctoral fellow in the Humanised Mouse Unit at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology,” which according to one study published in the Journal of Virology used aborted fetal tissue for research. 

Image: Health feedback editor worked in humanized mice program

Health feedback editor worked in humanized mice program (Image credit LinkedIn)

 

Image: Humanized Mice program used aborted fetal babies

Humanized Mice program used aborted fetal babies

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG): 

Health Feedback published its “fact check” of Live Action and Rose on August 30, 2019, and then, after Live Action responded with evidence that the claim is supported by a large group of doctors with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG), Health Feedback updated its “fact check” with a “clarification” from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).

But ACOG is far from an unbiased source.

Image: Ibis receives funds from abortion pill Mgf Danco Laboratories and Packard Gerbode Hewlett

Ibis receives funds from abortion pill Mgf Danco Laboratories and Packard Gerbode Hewlett

Fact checker “references”

Live Action News previously pointed out how even the references (none which was footnoted as a direct rebuttal to the Live Action claim) also have conflicts because the referenced studies were authored by abortion insiders and funded by abortion philanthropists.

Image: Health Feedback study references

See all documentation on the abortion connections in those “references” from Live Action News here.

Poynter Institute:

The Poynter Institute states online that the IFCN “was launched in September 2015 to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field.” But Facebook’s go-to fact check monitor has its own set of conflicts that could point to a bias against pro-life groups…

… Poynter is funded by known abortion philanthropists.

Image: Poynter funded by abortion philanthropists accessed 09112019

Poynter funded by abortion philanthropists accessed 09112019

Poynter’s website shows clearly that funding for the Facebook fact check arbiter is provided in part by organizations that fund many pro-abortion projects:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations (George Soros)

A search by Live Action News located additional funders to Poynter who support Planned Parenthood as well as other pro-abortion endeavors, including:

See documentation on the connections these groups have to abortion here.

If the fact checkers are supposed to be “non partisan” and Live Action has shown that their claim that “abortion is never medically necessary” has been backed by thousands of OBGYNs and other medical professionals, why are pro-abortion doctors again being given last word?

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