US Lawmakers Grill Google on Anti-Abortion Disinformation

Posted on June 17, 2022 in News.

Today, 14 US Senators and 7 Representatives sent a letter to Google CEO, Sundar Pichai questioning the company’s failure to provide women with safe and accurate information regarding abortion services.

In their letter, lawmakers cited CCDH’s latest report which found that 1 in 10 Google search results for abortion services in ‘Trigger Law’ states lead users to anti-abortion ‘fake clinics’.

“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.”

CCDH also found that 28% of Google Ads displayed at the top of search results were for anti-abortion ‘fake clinics’, also known as crisis pregnancy centers.

“The prevalence of these misleading ads marks what appears to be a concerning reversal from Google’s pledge in 2014 to take down ads from crisis pregnancy centers that engage in overt deception of women seeking out abortion information online.”

We’re delighted that lawmakers have challenged Google to take action. This marks an important step forward in our campaign as we continue to build coalitions between civil society and government to push for change.

Join us and demand that Google stop promoting and profiting from anti-abortion disinformation.

Read the full letter HERE.