Republican attorneys general warned Google on Thursday not to censor pro-life pregnancy resource centers on its search engine as pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers are urging it to do.
In a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares said they will sue Google if it gives into the “left-wing political pressure” and restricts free speech, the Associated Press reports.
“Suppressing pro-life and pro-mother voices at the urging of government officials would violate the most fundamental tenet of the American marketplace of ideas,” Miyares wrote, joined by 16 others.
The letter responds to a request from pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers in June asking Google to censor pro-life pregnancy resource centers on search results for “abortion” and similar terms, according to the report. Miyares slammed the lawmakers’ request as “inappropriate” and biased.
“We trust that you will treat this letter with the seriousness these issues require, and hope you will decide that Google’s search results must not be subject to left-wing political pressure, which would actively harm women seeking essential assistance,” the attorneys general responded.
If Google does cave to pro-abortion demands, Miyares said they will take legal action to protect “the rights of our constituents” to uphold “viewpoint diversity, free expression, and the freedom of religion for all Americans” and make sure “our markets are free in fact, not merely in theory.”
The attorneys general praised the work of pregnancy resource centers, pointing out how they provide free diapers, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, parenting classes and more to help mothers and babies in need, according to the report.
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Miyares also reminded Google that some women who search for abortions online are interested in learning about alternatives to abortion, too.
Pro-life organizations — including maternity homes, pregnancy centers and adoption agencies — serve millions of mothers, fathers and children every year, providing everything from diapers and cribs to temporary housing, medical assistance, parenting classes, career/education help, mentoring and more, all for free to help empower mothers to choose life for their babies.
Despite their good work, these organizations have become targets of abortion activists’ outrage in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24. Dozens have been vandalized and several have been set on fire in arson attacks since someone leaked a draft ruling in May.
Pro-abortion politicians have been trying to malign and destroy their work, too. Last week, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, demanded that pro-life pregnancy centers be completely “shut down,” claiming they “torture” women and force them to stay pregnant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey made a similar statement, claiming the pro-life organizations mislead and manipulate women into keeping their babies instead of aborting them.
Research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found an estimated 3,000 pro-life pregnancy resource centers served about 2 million people in 2019, providing more than 730,000 pregnancy tests, nearly half a million ultrasounds, 1.3 million packs of diapers and more than 2 million baby outfits, all for free. Many offer post-abortion counseling as well.
Censorship targeting pro-life organizations is growing. This week, Heartbeat International said Facebook removed its Abortion Pill Reversal information page without warning, claiming it violated the company’s community standards. And YouTube just announced plans to begin censoring content that informs women that infertility and breast cancer are risks of abortion.