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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Google Removes Decoy/Fake Abortion Clinics from “Abortion” Search Results

Online ads for Crisis Pregnancy Centers will no longer appear in the search results when someone is doing a Google search for abortion clinics. Crisis Pregnancy Centers exist for the sole purpose of luring pregnant women who are searching for an abortion clinic into their parlor so they can preach at them and convince them not to get an abortion.

In other words, a crisis pregnancy center is basically a Salem Witch Trial in abortion clinic's clothing.

Crisis pregnancy centers' customer base might take a huge hit because of Google's decision to remove their ads from abortion search results.  After all, most of their customers/victims are desperate women who are searching for an abortion.  Google's decision is kind of like telling payday lenders that they can only target wealthy people who are debt-free.

The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America said Crisis Pregnancy Centers' ads usually imply that they offer abortions; it's the deception that NARAL objects to:

We have no problem with crisis pregnancy centers advertising online; we have no problem with their existing.  That is their right in America.

Google's policy states that ads must be truthful, accurate and factually supportable.  NARAL's findings that 79% of all crisis pregnancy centers' ads were intentionally deceitful and misleading convinced Google to remove those ads from abortion clinic search results.  A Google spokesperson said:

We're constantly reviewing ads to ensure they comply with our AdWords policies, which include strict guidelines related to ad relevance, clarity, and accuracy.  If we find violations, we'll take the appropriate actions — including account disablings and blacklists — as quickly as possible.

NARAL is hoping other search engines will follow Google's action:

We're pleased with Google's leadership.  People depend on their search engines to provide them with accurate information...We're hoping other actors will follow suit.

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Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

good for google

April 30, 2014 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Life: Damn right. And I hope other search engines will do the same.

April 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad, but I'm thinking of all the fake scams like diets and hustles for swampland sold as real estate, Billy Mays like products that don't work that can all be put on the preferred list of your Google search when you search. I also wish Google would quit putting in things that have nothing to do with anything I requested or think I would be interested like items in LA when I'm in the Bay Area.

It is "smart" and adaptive so I know this doesn't have to be there.

There must not be much money in Fake Abortion Clinics, otherwise Google can sleep at night.


April 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: True, there are a lot of irritating ads (i.e "sponsored links") that come up with every web search. I'm glad they at least got rid of the fake abortion clinic ads, but there's a lot more to do.

I also agree that Google seems a lot smarter in some searches than others. Sometimes it's almost creepy when I barely start typing in some search words, and instantly the exact thing I was searching for comes right up. Other times, I'll type in the most articulate specific phrase I can think of, and every link that comes up is completely unrelated. WTF?

April 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM  

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