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Google Urged By US Lawmakers to Fix Abortion Searches that Steer Women to Fake Clinics

Senators in the United States have encouraged Alphabet Inc.’s Google search engine to deliver accurate results to those looking for abortions rather than referring them to “crisis pregnancy clinics,” which discourage women from having abortions.

Senator Mark Warner and Representative Elissa Slotkin were among the top signatories of a letter delivered to Google on Friday, which was originally reported by Reuters. Research issued last week by the organization Center for Countering Digital Hate sparked the letter.

According to the survey, 11% of the results for searches for “abortion clinic near me” or “abortion pill” in some states were for antiabortion organizations. The study was conducted in the 13 states that have legislation that would prohibit abortion if the United States Supreme Court, as predicted, overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide as early as this month.

”We’re always looking at ways to enhance our results to help people find what they’re searching for, or understand if what they’re looking for may not be accessible,” Google said of the story, declining to comment on the letter to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.14 senators and seven members of the House of Representatives signed the letter.

What About the Google’s False Results?


They’re all Democrats. The existence of crisis pregnancy centers, which have been in various forms for years, reflects debates in the United States about the right to abort a pregnancy.

Some of the centers have been accused of giving women false information about their pregnancies, putting their abortion rights in jeopardy.” Antiabortion sham clinics or crisis pregnancy centers should not be displayed on Google,” the MPs said.

“If Google is going to keep presenting these false results…at the very least, the results should be accurately labeled,” they said. Other health issues have been handled differently by Google. A curated collection of information and reputable sites appears at the top of searches for suicide and s*xual assault.

In the states surveyed, 28 percent of Google Ads and 37 percent of Google Maps results were for antiabortion organizations, according to the research group. Some of the centers, but not all, included disclaimers, according to the letter.

One ad for a Mississippi clinic purported to offer free abortion consultations, but the CCDH discovered that the clinic does not conduct abortions or provide referrals for the procedure after examining its website.”

We aim to make high-quality information widely accessible across our products, particularly on crucial health matters,” the internet behemoth said in a statement to USA News.” Any organization that wants to advertise on Google to consumers looking for abortion services must be certified and include in ad disclosures that clearly state whether they offer abortions or not,” the company noted.

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