Congressional Democrats wrote to Google’s parent company on Friday to pressure the search engine to suppress results that offer alternatives to abortion.
Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.), and 19 other lawmakers wrote urging Google to "limit the appearance" or add "user friendly disclaimers" of pro-life clinics in search results. The Democrats said they want to "ensure women seeking health care services are directed to the basic information they request."
Animosity toward pro-life pregnancy centers and offices has increased since a draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health decision was leaked in May, showing a plan to overturn the original 1973 Roe v. Waderuling. Dozens of crisis pregnancy centers have been vandalized since the leak. Many of these attacks have not been federally investigated, as the Justice Department official responsible has refused to intervene.
The Democrats' letter cites a report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit that has advocated for big tech censorship in the United Kingdom. Lobbyists who have worked for CCDH have also lobbied for Microsoft and green energy companies. The study logged Google search results for "abortion clinic near me" and "abortion pill" in states with abortion trigger laws.