Google will start tagging which health clinics or hospitals provide abortions when users search for reproductive care online or on maps, the California-based company announced this week.
The increase in information that the search engine plans to show to users comes after lawmakers criticized the company for hosting anti-abortion clinics, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, when people search for abortion clinics.
When users search Google, the results will now display a disclosure at the top that clearly marks whether a clinic “offers abortions” or “does not provide abortions,” Google Vice President of Government Affairs Mark Isakowitz said in a statement. letter responding to legislators.
Google is working to “improve the accuracy and relevance” of results when people search for terms like “abortion clinics near me,” the letter added.
“When someone in the US searches for healthcare providers who perform abortions…the local search results box will show facilities that have been verified to provide abortions. People will be able to broaden their search to show other relevant listings (even from organizations that don’t provide abortion services),” Isakowitz said.
Democratic senators criticized Google in June over the issue.
Shortly before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) wrote a letter asking Google to highlight whether search results provided abortions.
“Directing women to bogus clinics that traffic in misinformation and fail to provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google search results,” the lawmakers wrote. in the letter of June 17.