Attorneys general warn Google not to limit search results for pro-life centers

 By Sarah Rankin - Posted at Baptist Press:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A month after some members of Congress urged Google to limit the appearance of pro-life pregnancy clinics in certain abortion-related search results, 17 Republican attorneys general are warning the company that doing so could invite investigations and possible legal action.

“Suppressing pro-life and pro-mother voices at the urging of government officials would violate the most fundamental tenet of the American marketplace of ideas,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter Thursday (July 21) to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company.

The effort was led by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and the letter was shared with The Associated Press ahead of its public release.

The attorneys general took issue with a June 17 letter to the company from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., which was co-signed by 19 other members of Congress.

That letter cites research by the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate, which found that Google searches for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” turned up results for clinics that counsel clients against having an abortion.