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Google Asked to Prove It's Not Suppressing Anti-Abortion Search Results

Republican attorneys general are pushing back on requests to limit search results for crisis pregnancy centers, calling it discriminatory.

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Republican attorneys general from 17 US states are asking Alphabet Inc.’s Google to provide assurances that the search giant isn’t suppressing results for crisis pregnancy centers in favor of abortion clinics.  

The letter, part of a campaign spearheaded by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, asks Google to resist a June 17 call from Democratic lawmakers to “limit the appearance of pro-life clinics” in search results. The legislators had written to Alphabet chief executive officer Sundar Pichai about “disturbing” reports of Google’s search results for “abortion” and “abortion pill” directing people to crisis pregnancy centers, which attempt to steer women away from abortions.