A group of Democrat lawmakers has sent a letter to corporate executives at Google, demanding that the tech giant restrict results produced by its search engine referencing pro-life pregnancy centers.
The demands made in the letter demonstrate how leftists are unable to compete in an open marketplace of speech and ideas and must rely on the compulsory power of the state to shape public perception of important cultural issues.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) was the principal author of the letter, which described pregnancy centers that do not provide abortions as “fake clinics.”
The letter was addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and claimed that if the search engine directs “women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation” and do not actually provide abortions is “dangerous” and “undermines” Google’s integrity.
Warner’s co-author was Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and was signed by 21 Congressional Democrats.
Violent terrorist attacks against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations have surged in recent weeks since the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion indicating Roe v. Wade is likely to be reversed. The group that calls itself Jane’s Revenge has claimed responsibility for several of the most violent attacks on pro-life facilities and Catholic Churches.
The Democrats use research from the “Center for Countering Digital Hate” (CCDH) as support for their demands made to Google. That organization claims that it “targets ‘hate groups’ and individuals” in an effort to have their content removed from social media outlets.
The letter claims that CCDH has determined that 11% of the results it found for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” in states where abortion will be automatically banned in the event Roe is overturned were for “anti-abortion fake clinics.”
The Democrats go on to warn Google that if it continues to display “misleading results” to search requests, they “should, at the very least, be appropriately labeled.” They demand that Google provide them with a written proposal to actively limit pro-life facilities in search results, online ads, and Google Maps.
They go on to demand that the company include “disclaimers” that will indicate as part of search results whether a facility does or does not “provide abortions.”
Among those who signed the letter are Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).