Gallup diocese drops Zoom video conferencing app over abortion support

Gallup, N.M., Nov 6, 2019 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Gallup has chosen to stop using Zoom Video Communications for its internet meetings, citing the company's support of abortion rights.

Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of Zoom, was among the 187 executives who signed a letter that appeared a full-page ad in the New York Times June 10 criticizing regulations on abortion passed by state legislatures.

“Due to the company’s vocal support for abortion, the Diocese of Gallup has ceased all business with Zoom and will instead be seeking the use of an alternative platform for online meetings and presentations,” read a letter sent to the diocese's schools and parishes.

The diocese's education office had been utilizing Zoom for several years.

While acknowledging that “our monthly transactions with Zoom were not large,” the diocese said that “large or small, we cannot contribute to a company with anti-life policies.”

“It is distressing that the CEOs who paid for the ad call abortion restrictions 'bad for business', as if the life of a human being can be measured solely in monetary and economic value. We wholeheartedly reject this view.”

The Gallup diocese stated: “Each human, made in the image and likeness of God, is inherently worthy and has a right to life, from conception to natural death. We do not want to lose even a single future child, future student, future mother, father, sister or brother to abortion.”

“In providing the highest-quality Catholic education to our students, we must also strive to follow Christ and the teachings of his Church. We cannot truly be Christlike if we cooperate with evil or provide monetary support – even in the smallest amount – to other companies and institutions who promote and foster abortion, euthanasia, or other anti-life actions,” the diocese added.

The diocese has indicated that several Catholic companies and groups also use Zoom for video conferencing, and hopes that its decision may raise awareness of the company's stance on abortion.

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  1. Congratulations to those in the Gallup diocese who had tehcourage, intelligence, and foresight to make this decision.

  2. Excellent decision. Microsoft TEAMS provides the same service as Zoom. This is being spread around to diocese all over the country, so I think they’ll be getting a lot of cancellations. I know my own diocese spends nearly $6000 a month and they are canceling.

  3. Congrats to them & I don’t use zoom anymore, but now my tutor wants to share course work through zoom but I let her know I don’t want to as zoom has promoted the evil of abortion just waiting now for a reply, so don’t know what to do now I asked my tutor could she use another platform or just email on notes, but like it’s all around us so are there really manner other alternatives? God Bless Miranda From Ireland 🕊☘👏

  4. Unfortunately during the pandemic scam many of the parishes were using Zoom for their meetings as well as their “prayer” groups. Also Zoom is a Chinese control company.

  5. Good for this diocese but have they applied that same standard to the bank they use? Their 401K company? Phone, cable and internet providers?
    Pretty much every financial institution and corporate business is in the same boat as Zoom. If not supporting feticide, then they are advocating against traditional family values and marriage.
    I changed jobs a couple years ago because the company I worked for embraced issues I opposed and they began to require employees to validate those issues to remain employed. My conscience wasn’t up for sale so I left.
    I guess we each have to make the best decisions we can when we are surrounded by this sort of ideology. Every effort counts but we can’t disengage from it all.

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