July 15, 2022

New York AG Asks Google to Remove Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers from Search Results

New York Attorney General Letitia James
New York Attorney General Letitia James sent an open letter to Google on June 28 asking the tech giant to remove pro-life pregnancy centers from search results.

James wrote that women seeking abortions could mistakenly visit crisis pregnancy centers if they appear in search results. She goes on to argue that crisis pregnancy centers are not health care providers because they don't offer abortion counseling or abortion referrals.

"CPCs exist solely to intercept and dissuade pregnant people from making fully informed decisions about their healthcare such as the choice to obtain an abortion," James wrote. "Including these organizations in a list for an individual seeking abortion services is dangerous and misleading."

Crisis pregnancy centers do provide real health care services such as ultrasounds and pregnancy tests. They also provide materials and services such as baby supplies, parenting classes, adoption information, and financial aid. They don't offer abortion, and they don't claim to offer abortion. If they falsely claimed to offer abortion, they could easily face litigation. They instead choose to help women and their unborn children during times of need. Many even offer these services free of charge without the use of taxpayer funding—instead relying on donations.

By limiting the reach of crisis pregnancy centers, big tech companies would prevent charitable organizations from providing life-saving services to families in need.