In the wee hours of the morning not too long ago, a Texas man read a WND news story that he said changed his life forever – and resulted in the launch of a new social network for the pro-life movement.
“I couldn’t sleep one night,” said Todd Bullis, who is a software developer by trade and an outspoken pro-life advocate.
“Since I couldn’t sleep, I Googled ‘pro-life articles’ and came across a WND story about Facebook deleting a pro-life picture, but allowing instructions on performing a do-it-yourself-abortion to stand.”
The article informed readers of an apparent double standard at the most popular social media site in America.
Bryan Kemper, director of youth outreach at Priests for Life, posted a version of the popular “What They Think I Do” graphic that has been going viral on Facebook.
The graphic is titled “Abortionist,” and the final frame is a photo of a baby killed in an early abortion.
The image had received thousands of “shares” and “comments” in a matter of hours, but Kemper was informed Facebook had logged his account out and advised, “We removed the content you posted because it violates Facebook’s statements of rights and responsibilities.”
“It amazed me,” Kemper said. “Facebook will allow girls to learn how to do an abortion themselves at home with no doctor’s supervision, and encourages them to lie when obtaining the drugs necessary. But they will not allow them to see what an abortion looks like.”
Bullis said he was so outraged by the article that he immediately put his expertise into action.
“I thought, you know what? I’ll create a social network for the pro-life movement.”
During the course of the next couple months, Bullis did just that.
After reading the story, he spent nearly all of his free time working on his new idea. Bullis has now launched his version of social media to the world, ProLifeBook.com.
The site has a very similar look and feel that Facebook users are familiar with, without the hassles of the pro-life message being censored. Like Facebook, it is free of charge.
He told WND his goal with the site is to bring pro-life people together.
“I want to hook people up with organizations that do pro-life work, and maybe get people to form more pro-life associations,” Bullis said. “I don’t want people to have to recreate the wheel when they get an urge to take action for life.”
So far, the reaction to ProLifeBook.com has been outstanding, according to Bullis.
“When I put this plan together, I thought it would be great to have 600 people sign up for the site in the first year,” he said. “Instead, we’ve had over 2,400 people sign up in just four weeks.”
He added, “I’d say it’s going well.”
Bullis didn’t stop there. He also created a life-friendly version of YouTube, called Pro-Lifetube.com.
“I knew that YouTube is very pro-choice,” Bullis said. “We know that they routinely remove pro-life videos. So I created Pro-Lifetube.com, to give those ‘banned’ pro-life videos a place to be shown.”
He added, “What I also learned while creating Pro-Lifetube.com and ProLifeBook.com is that Google owns YouTube, and Google is also very pro-choice. They decide what’s appropriate, and what’s not.”
Both ProLifeBook and Pro-Lifetube allow real-time updates on pro-life activity – and users don’t have to fear censorship of their message.
Bullis said he’s all too familiar with the pro-life message being hindered, and is using his talents to help others get the pro-life word out.
In 2010, he was part of a team standing on a public sidewalk in front of a church in Ventura, Calif. The team was holding pro-life signs in an effort to encourage churches to do more to fight abortion.
According to local news accounts, one member of the church became so enraged with the pro-lifers, that he attacked Bullis, who is shown in a video calmly standing next to a pro-life sign.
The video shows a man identified as Jon Hixson approaching Bullis with two spray bottles in his hand, while asking if the video cameras were rolling.
Hixson then sprays the content of the bottles in Bullis’ face. Bullis said the bottle contained vinegar.
In the video, Hixson then retrieves a hose from the church garden and sprays Bullis until a police car pulls up.
That’s when Bullis said he discovered the man assaulting him was actually an off-duty police officer, Corporal Jon Hixson, with the Ventura Police Department.
Although the video shows the uniformed officer arguing with Bullis about the definition of assault, Hixson was reportedly cited for assault.
It didn’t end there. Greg Totten, the local district attorney, dropped the charges saying, “Although the spraying of water constituted a technical battery, no significant harm was done and prosecution of a battery charge would not be responsible use of public resources.”
Bullis told WND the Ventura Police Department won’t reveal the results of its internal investigation.
Rather than dwelling on that battle, Bullis said he has great plans for ProLifeBook.com.
With the help of the World Life Organization, an organization of which he is a board member, and sites like ProLifeBook.com and Pro-Lifetube.com, Bullis hopes the pro-life movement “can march forward as an army.”