Sen. Josh Hawley,, pictured during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Aug. 4, expresses concerns in a new letter that Google is “deliberately limiting pregnancy resource centers’ outreach efforts.” (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images) Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is calling on Google to explain why it has reportedly “throttled” the online outreach of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, expressing concerns that Google is “deliberately limiting pregnancy resource centers’ outreach efforts.”
In a letter first obtained by The Daily Signal , Hawley tells Google that the pregnancy research centers in his home state “seek to reach women considering abortion, in order to offer both alternatives to abortion and support during and after their pregnancies.”
“That outreach takes a number of forms, including online ad campaigns focused on a number of abortion-related search terms,” he continued. “But recently, your company appears to have throttled that outreach.”
Pro-life crisis pregnancy centers have faced a slew of attacks since the May leak of a draft opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned. According to a Catholic Vote tracker , at least 72 crisis pregnancy centers have been attacked or vandalized since the leak. According to the Missouri senator, Missouri crisis pregnancy centers sought further information after “steep declines in online traffic” to their sites, and then provided Hawley with documentation indicating that Google said some of their ads “aren’t eligible to show for keywords that relate to restricted products or services.”
“I am concerned that, in the name of providing ‘clarity’ in search results, your company is deliberately limiting pregnancy resource centers’ outreach efforts,” the senator said. “By doing so, Google has joined the far left’s campaign to punish pregnancy resource centers, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization earlier this year.”
Hawley reminded Google that 17 state attorneys […]
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