NARAL successfully lobbies Google to take down ‘deceptive’ pregnancy center ads
By Sarah Ford on April 28, 2014
Source: The Washington Post
Google is removing Web search ads for some "crisis pregnancy centers," after an investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America found evidence that the ads violate Google's policy against deceptive advertising.
"We have no problem with crisis pregnancy centers advertising online; we have no problem with their existing," said Illyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "That is their right in America." But Hogue said NARAL objects to the way the centers have been promoted online, with ads that include text indicating that the centers provide abortions.
According to an analysis by NARAL, 79 percent of the crisis pregnancy centers that advertised on Google indicated that they provided medical services such as abortions, when, in fact, they are focused on counseling services and on providing information about alternatives to abortion.
According to the advocacy group, which presented its findings to Google after monitoring the ads, the crisis pregnancy centers intentionally used false and misleading language on ads that appeared when users searched for "abortion clinic."