In the post-Roe era, Yelp is rolling out a new feature to warn users about crisis pregnancy centers that don’t offer abortion services.
“After learning about the misleading nature of crisis pregnancy centers back in 2018, I’m grateful Yelp stands behind these efforts to provide consumers with access to reliable information about reproductive health services,” Noorie Malik, vice president of user operations for Yelp, told Axios.
She went on to say it is “unjust” for there to be clinics “that provide misleading information or conduct deceptive tactics to steer pregnant people away from abortion care if that’s the path they choose to take.”
Listen to the latest episode of CBN’s Quick Start podcast 👇
The decision by Yelp comes amid months of attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers around the country.
As CBN News recently reported, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) submitted a letter to Google on June 28, urging the tech company to block crisis pregnancy centers from showing up in the results of abortion-related searches.
She condemned the search engine for showing such centers in Google Maps.
“CPCs exist solely to intercept and dissuade pregnant people from making fully informed decisions about their healthcare, such as the choice to obtain an abortion,” wrote James.
Additionally, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) led a group of Democratic lawmakers pushing Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, Inc., to scrub pro-life clinics from “Google search results, ads, and Maps.”
That letter was sent June 17 and labeled crisis pregnancy centers as “anti-abortion fake clinics.”
Republican attorneys general responded to Democrats’ demands, warning Google taking such suppressive action against crisis pregnancy centers smacks of discrimination and could lead to lawsuits.
“Complying with these demands would constitute a grave assault on the principle of free speech,” the attorneys general wrote. “‘Unbiased access to information,’ while no longer a component of Google’s corporate creed, is still what Americans expect from your company. ‘[S]tudies have found web users are more likely to find and trust news through search than social media sites.'”
Pregnancy centers offer an array of services to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Those services often include free ultrasounds, screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, pro-life counseling, and post-abortive care for those who have had abortions.
It is worth noting that, while the media and lawmakers often seek to cast shadows on crisis pregnancy centers, a new survey shows the majority of Americans (74%) support public funding for such clinics.
The CRC Research survey found 42% of 1,600 likely American voters strongly support tax dollars going to crisis pregnancy centers, while another 32% said they somewhat support the idea. Only 14% opposed the idea, with 8% strongly opposing it and 6% saying they are somewhat opposed.
***As the number of voices facing big-tech censorship continues to grow, please sign up for Faithwire’s daily newsletter and download the CBN News app, developed by our parent company, to stay up-to-date with the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.***