Google labels clinics that offer abortions
Google will start labeling which clinics or hospitals offer abortions when users search for reproductive care online or on a map, the California-based company announced this week.
The increase in information the search engine plans to show users comes from lawmakers who have criticized the company for featuring anti-abortion clinics (also known as critical pregnancy centers) when people search for abortion clinics. Thing.
Mark, Google’s vice president of government affairs, said disclosures would appear at the top of results when users searched on Google, clearly indicating whether a clinic “provided” or “does not offer” abortions. Mr Isakowitz said in a letter to lawmakers.
Google is working to “improve the accuracy and relevance” of results when people search for terms such as “abortion clinics near me,” the letter added.
“When someone searches for a health care provider that offers abortions in the United States, the local search results box will show facilities that have been confirmed to offer abortions. (including from organizations that don’t offer abortions),” said Isakowitz.
A Democratic senator criticized Google in June for the issue.
Shortly before the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, Senators Mark R. Warner, Democrat, Virginia, and Elissa Slotkin, Democrat, Michigan, questioned whether search results offered abortion. I wrote a letter asking Google to highlight it.
In a letter dated June 17, legislators said, “Misinformation and directing women to bogus clinics that do not offer comprehensive health services is dangerous to women’s health and is not recommended for Google search results. undermines the integrity of the