In a letter to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Democrats urged the company to take action against providing women with search results for pregnancy centers, clinics that help women procure ultrasounds, free pregnancy tests, and other resources and support before and after pregnancy.
21 Democrats signed onto the letter, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders. They lambasted pregnancy centers as “fake clinics” that disseminated “misinformation” and that “seek to steer women away from certain health decisions.”
Ironic, considering Planned Parenthood, the multi-billion dollar business, is touted as “essential” healthcare for women; however, their essential service is abortion, costing over $600 million taxpayer dollars every year to fund their operations.
The Democrats claimed that 11% of search engine queriers for “abortions near me,” in states where abortion would be outlawed if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, provided users with pregnancy centers. They obtained their information from “The Center for Countering Digital Hate,” a “foreign dark money group” that advises the White House and other governments and institutions on technology and regulation, according to The Federalist.
The group also claimed that 37% of search results on Google Maps were of “anti-abortion fake clinics,” urging that, if these results must be shown, Google should take measures to “appropriately label” them.
“Directing women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don’t provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google’s search results,” the letter states.
The letters ends with asking what Google will take in response to this “disturbing research.” Will they limit the appearance of these search results? If Google does not, will they inform users that these clinics do not provide abortions?
“We urge you to take action to rectify these issues and help ensure women seeking health care services are directed to the basic information they request.”
Google has already taken measures to censor pro-life advertisements, issuing “fact-checks,” The Federalist noted, adding that Democrats have argued these disclaimers were too small to read.