Apple: Help Return Pro-Life Prayer App to the App Store Now!
Recently, Apple pulled a pro-life prayer app from the Apple App Store.
The "Human Coalition" app, which is still available in the Google Play Store, gives users the opportunity to pray for someone searching for an abortion - that she might change her mind.
It is done in real time and anonymously, thereby, giving the app user the possibility of being involved in a powerful, pro-life initiative with a simple swipe of the thumb.
The way the app works is pretty straight-forward. Requests for prayers are sent to the app users, and when the app user has prayed for the woman and baby in question, he or she simply swipes over the request, signalling that prayers have been offered. As prayer offerings flood back in, the app automatically updates a daily prayer tally.
In an interview with the online magazine World (see the second link, below, in the 'For More Information' section), Human Coalition spokeswoman, Lauren Enriquez, explains why their app is so powerful:
"The pregnant women we serve are experiencing true crises. Many of them do not have partner support, are single parents with other children, or are caught up in abusive or coercive relationships. Our supporters want to pray for the women and children we serve, and the app is a way of sharing prayer needs with them."
Since the it was launched in 2013, Enriquez says that tens of thousands of people have downloaded the app.
By allowing people to pray for women in crisis, Human Coalition gives credit to the app for helping to save some of the 7,379 babies which it claims to have had a direct hand in saving since its foundation in 2009.
So, we see that the app is innovative - something which people at Apple should admire.
And, through prayer, it is helping to reduce the number of abortions - also, something which people at Apple should admire. Or, at least that's what the media have been telling us for at least a decade, now: that, whether one is conservative or liberal, we all want to see fewer abortions.
Right. And, that's why it was surprising and unfortunate to see Apple's App Store pull this innovative, abortion-reducing (and, anonymous) app.
But, Human Coalition's Lauren Enriquez said of the app's removal from the App Store (in Human Coalition's blog):
"Apple notified us that they had removed the Human Coalition app from the App Store, citing violations of certain functionality requirements. However, Human Coalition spoke with Apple and demonstrated that not only were the cited requirements met, but that the Human Coalition app exceeded minimum requirements and functioned better than similar apps from other developers."
And, she then went on to add:
"Apple was unable or unwilling to identify a specific improvement that, if completed, would merit the Human Coalition app’s reinstatement in the App Store. Instead, the effect of Apple’s requirements for modifying the app before it could be re-submitted for consideration would be that Human Coalition would have to completely overhaul the app — a cost-prohibitive and unnecessary demand."
Of course, one doesn't want to jump to conclusions, but this situation could appear, to the average observer, to be tantamount to politically-motivated censorship.
We know (and, would like to think) that Apple would never attempt to stifle an innovative, abortion-reducing initiative...and, we know that Apple doesn't want the whiff of "censorship" hanging around its products and App Store - especially, as so much of Apple's revenue is generated by the sale of products to, and, the use of apps by, Christians, pro-lifers, and people interested in prayer.
With these things in mind, this petition calls on Apple to assist Human Coalition with a cost-efficient (or, free) fix for their app, so that it can be returned to the App Store as soon as possible.
Human Coalition already demonstrated that their app exceeds the minimum requirements and functions better than similar, other apps. That being the case, Apple must behave like a responsible member of the corporate community in a democracy, and assist this 501(c)(3), non-profit in in fixing the problem...rather than simply banning the app.
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