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HILL TECH BRIEFING: Democrats Urge Google to Fix Abortion Ads

Nov. 23, 2022, 11:05 AM

A pair of lawmakers is urging Google to do more to ensure that ads displayed alongside abortion-related searches indicate whether the service is actually offered.

Alphabet’s Google introduced a policy in 2019 that requires those advertising alongside search queries related to abortion to be certified based on whether they provide the procedure.

In a letter addressed to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) expressed concern that the search giant does not consistently apply those rules, which can lead users to crisis pregnancy centers — non-medical organizations that encourage visitors to keep ...