Apple Removes Pro-Life Prayer App

Human Coalition’s pro-life prayer app, still available on the Google Play Store, has been yanked from the Apple App Store because it was reported unfavorably in both news outlets Slate and the New Statesman. The app shows a list of prayer requests from the group’s network of seven pro-life pregnancy centers, and when a user signals with a swipe of the thumb that they have prayed for one of the situations, the app tallies the number of prayers.

“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,” said Human Coalition spokeswoman Lauren Enriquez. While Enriquez believes many of the 7,292 babies saved since Human Coalition’s founding in 2009 are partly due to these prayers, Slate’s Christina Cauterucci called the app “a discomfiting invasion of privacy or a gigantic lie.”

This is not the first time Apple has yanked Christian apps off its store based on complaints. Years ago, the tech giant also removed the apps of two organizations helping ex-homosexuals, Exodus International and Setting Captives Free.

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