More than a dozen House and Senate Democrats have asked Google executives to restrict search engine results from showing pro-life pregnancy centers.
Lawmakers have called pregnancy centers that don’t offer abortions “fake clinics.”
in a letter Lawmakers wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, “Directing women to fake clinics that sell misinformation and don’t offer comprehensive health services poses a threat to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google’s search results. sex.”
The letter, spearheaded by Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Michigan Rep. Alyssa Slotkin, was signed by a dozen Democrats.
In recent weeks, anti-abortion groups and crisis pregnancy centers across the country have been targeted for destruction and violence. A pro-abortion group calling itself Jane’s Revenge has reportedly claimed responsibility for a number of violent attacks against pro-abortion pregnancy centers and Catholic churches.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the attacks.
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in twitter postalMr Warner described the letter as a push for Google “to crack down on manipulative search results for ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that lead to fraud.”
“It’s time for them to limit or label results and advertising that lead to fake abortion clinics,” Mr Warner said.
In the letter to Pichai, the lawmakers cited research from the Center for Anti-Digital Hate, which “de-platforms alleged ‘hate groups’ and individuals to remove them from major social media channels, ” according to Affect the watch.
The lawmakers said the CCDH found that “11% of the results of searches for ‘abortion clinics near me’ and ‘abortion pills’ in states with so-called ‘trigger laws’ are that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, These laws will effectively ban abortion – in an anti-abortion fake clinic.”
“Directing women to fake clinics that sell misinformation and do not provide comprehensive health services poses a danger to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google search results,” they wrote.
Democrats also warned that the CCDH study found that 37 percent of search results “are for anti-abortion fake clinics” and that Google shouldn’t show “anti-abortion fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers” in search results for users who are searching. ‘Abortion clinics’ or ‘abortion pills’.
“If Google must continue to display these misleading results in search results and in Google Maps, at least the results should be appropriately flagged,” the lawmakers wrote.
They asked Google for a proposal to limit anti-abortion clinics in Google search results, ads and maps.
They also called for a plan to “add a disclaimer that makes it clear whether search results offer abortion” and “Google attempts to provide accurate search results related to health care.”
The Washington Times reached out to Google for comment, but did not hear back.
Other Democrats who signed the letter include Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, California’s Dianne Feinstein, Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen, Colorado’s John Hickenlooper, California’s Alex Padilla, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Tina Smith of Minnesota and Bernard Sanders of The Vermont Independent.
represent. Don Baier of Virginia, Suzanne Bonicci of Oregon, Jason Crowe of Colorado, Caroline Maloney of New York, Katie Porter of California, Jane Maloney of Illinois Shakowski and Jackie Speer of California also signed the letter.