House Republicans take aim at Google’s anti-abortion censorship

House Republicans take aim at Google’s anti-abortion censorship
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EXCLUSIVE — More than 40 Republicans are criticizing Google’s decision to ban anti-abortion ads for abortion reversal pills, accusing the tech giant of being unfairly influenced by left-leaning pro-abortion groups and news agencies.

Congressmen from the Republican Study Committee including chairman Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana and Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado sent a letter Thursday to Google torching it for appeasing pro-abortion activists by silencing anti-abortion voices and for allowing ads for risky abortion drugs on the platform but not allowing ads for abortion reversal pills.

Other prominent Republicans who supported the effort include Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina.

“It is disturbing, but not surprising, that the Big Tech regime would attack those advocating for the least powerful among us," Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner. "Google’s sudden and arbitrary censorship of Live Action’s abortion pill reversal hotline will cost unborn lives. The decision is neither morally nor scientifically defensible and proves that Google is way out of touch with ordinary Americans."

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Google says the abortion reversal pills promoted by Live Action are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration and say that they believe in the research released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding the pills being unethical and unproven.

"We do not permit ads with unproven medical claims. Medical experts have raised serious concerns about abortion reversal pills. Beyond protecting users from medical harm, our policies do not distinguish between promoting pro-choice and pro-life messages," a Google spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement to the Washington Examiner. "Advertisers are allowed to offer either abortion or abortion-alternative services. When doing so, both must prominently disclose which type of service they offer so that users have full transparency and can make their own decisions."

Google stated they continue to run Live Action's other ads that are unrelated to the abortion reversal pills, and they will continue to be able to promote their anti-abortion message so long as their ads do not violate Google's policies.

Google initially approved Live Action’s Heartbeat International abortion reversal pills ads, and they ran for over four months, spending over $170,000 and directing thousands of people to a hotline to get the pills, according to Live Action.

However, earlier this month, Google shut down the ads, citing its “unreliable claims” policy, and the search giant said it took this action after reviewing the ACOG report provided to them by the Daily Beast, which recently criticized Google and Facebook for running the abortion reversal pill ads.

The House Republicans say that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a "pro-abortion" group that is biased and it is "shameful that Google has acted to appease pro-abortion activists by silencing pro-life voices."

The Republicans added that women who are searching for abortion-related information online going forward will only be presented with one set of choices.

"The practical consequence of Google’s abortion distortion is that pregnant mothers in crisis will only have the option to be marketed abortion drugs through Google’s ad platforms, while life-affirming alternatives are suppressed," the Republicans wrote in the letter.

The Republicans highlighted that Google does allow ads for abortion pills such as mifepristone, which the GOP called "deadly," based on a 2018 government study.

The letter from House Republicans follows a similar letter sent to Google last week by Sen. Steve Daines of Montana and other Republican senators regarding the tech giant's ad censorship.

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Some of the Republicans who wrote the letter to Google believe abortions can be reversed safely with the pills advertised by Live Action.

“Google has made a major error in their recent censorship of Live Action ads. Chemical abortions can be reversed, and women should have easy access to knowledge about abortion pill reversal treatments, which have saved over 2500 children to date,” said Lamborn of Colorado.

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Tags: News, Policy, Abortion, Big Tech, Google, House Republicans, Republican Study Committee, Pro Life

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