Verizon Wireless to Allow Abortion Texts

Reversing course, Verizon Wireless on Thursday said it will allow an abortion rights group to use its mobile network for a sign-up text messaging program. The announcement came a day after the Basking Ridge-based unit of Verizon Communications Inc. said it had denied a request by Naral Pro-Choice America for the program. "The decision to not allow text messaging on an important, though sensitive, public policy issue was incorrect, and we have fixed the process that led to this isolated incident," Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said in a statement.

The program by Naral, based in Washington, D.C., lets people sign up to receive its text messages by punching in a message to a five-digit number. Other leading wireless carriers have accepted Naral's request to use their networks and Verizon looks ready to follow suit. Nelson on Wednesday had said that abortion was among topics barred from mass distribution based on the company's code of content, but noted that the code had been developed "before text-messaging became a mass-market phenomenon."

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Wouldn't even be a news story if they hadn't disallowed it at first. Neowin didn't post the story about them disallowing the abortion texts so why post the retraction?

bangbang023 said,
Because we felt like it? Oh snap!

Yeah, but now you only create a false impression that Verizon is the only company to allow this service when all the other major carriers already permit that, adding a link to the original story would at least clarify that fact for the rest of the readers. It's not just the news but how you portray it, but after all I guess Neowin never will surpass "Unprofessional Journalism."

Budious said,

Yeah, but now you only create a false impression that Verizon is the only company to allow this service when all the other major carriers already permit that, adding a link to the original story would at least clarify that fact for the rest of the readers. It's not just the news but how you portray it, but after all I guess Neowin never will surpass "Unprofessional Journalism."

"Other leading wireless carriers have accepted Naral's request to use their networks and Verizon looks ready to follow suit."

It's there? What's the deal? Anyway, most people come here for tech news and elsewhere for world and local news.

However, this was on Drudge Report on Wednesday, so I had already read that Verizon had banned it. Now I see they reversed that, which I wouldn't have (yet) known if I didn't read Neowin. And a good move on Verizons part.