Increasingly alarmed by online censorship, Republicans in U.S. Congress delivered a letter in-person Tuesday to the CEO of Google, demanding that his company stop censoring ads for the life-saving abortion pill reversal procedure.
The Daily Signal reports the lawmakers’ letter criticizes the internet giant for its continued and “unjust” censorship of ads by the pro-life organization Live Action.
“Google’s decision to censor Live Action’s abortion pill reversal ads is denying life-saving information to thousands of women who want to save their unborn children’s lives from a tragic decision they regret,” the lawmakers wrote. “We urge you to swiftly reverse this unjust and indefensible decision.”
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, of Montana, delivered the letter himself Tuesday to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, according to the report. This is the second time lawmakers urged the company to stop censoring pro-life voices since Google first banned the ads in September.
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“We had hoped to receive assurances of Google’s commitment to uphold the fundamental principle of freedom of speech and follow the science,” they wrote this week. “Unfortunately, Google’s response only increases our alarm.”
Censorship by Google means a near blackout of that information online. Google, which owns YouTube and other companies, is one of the most powerful entities in the world, and political leaders in the United States and Europe have been investigating whether Google is a monopoly that is violating anti-trust laws.
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, of Indiana, one of 23 Republican lawmakers who signed the letter, pointed out how powerful the company’s control of information is in a statement to the Daily Signal.
“Big Tech has enormous influence, and Google most of all,” Banks said. “Google is abusing that power and disregarding scientific fact to stop women from accessing medicine that would save their unborn child.”
In October, Google officials justified their censorship of Live Action by citing the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a pro-abortion group that tries to discredit the abortion pill reversal procedure.
“Under our misrepresentation policy, we do not allow unreliable claims, including making inaccurate claims or claims that entice the user with an improbable result (even if this result is possible) as the likely outcome a user can expect,” Mark Isakowitz, vice president of government affairs and public policy for Google, told lawmakers. “… the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists concluded that abortion reversal treatments ‘are not based on science and do not meet clinical standards.’”
Responding Tuesday, the Republican lawmakers asked Google if it consulted with pro-abortion groups or gave any consideration to scientists and doctors who disagree with ACOG about the abortion pill reversal procedure before banning the ads.
“ACOG’s statement is simply false, and Google’s repetition of this pro-abortion organization’s false claim seriously calls into question its commitment to ‘work without political bias,’” they wrote.
Studies and medical experts confirm the abortion pill reversal protocol is safe and effective. It works very similarly to a hormonal treatment that has been used for years to help prevent miscarriages, and it is credited with saving more than 2,500 babies’ lives.
The censorship is happening at a critical time when abortion activists are pushing to expand abortion pills. Earlier this year, the Biden administration began allowing abortion groups to sell abortion drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person.
Drug-induced abortions have been increasing over the past decade, and pro-life advocates fear the numbers will grow even more as a result of the Biden administration’s actions. It is one of the reasons why pro-life advocates are working hard to inform mothers about the abortion pill reversal treatment, which can reverse the effects of the life-ending drug and save their baby’s life.
“Live Action will not stop until our life-saving ads promoting abortion pill reversal are completely reinstated,” said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action. “Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs rely on Google to be an unbiased and fair player when it comes to online information, and life-affirming information like abortion pill reversal must not be allowed to be so blatantly discriminated against.”
Meanwhile, Google still is allowing abortion businesses to advertise, including next-day abortions and abortions by mail, Rose said. The abortion pill has killed at least 24 women and 3.7 million unborn babies in the U.S. alone, while the abortion pill reversal treatment has saved more than 2,500 babies’ lives, she said.
Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.