By Dave Andrusko
In light of the violent attack Tuesday at YouTube’s Silicon Valley headquarters, because (we’re told) the shooter “was upset with YouTube’s practices and policies,” the actions the same day by “pro-choice activists” in San Francisco, while peaceful, are disturbing beyond their blatant attempts to chill pro-life speech.
The bicycle-riding demonstrators in San Francisco harassed Google employees on their way to work. According to Melia Robinson of Business Insider.
People on bicycles rode behind Google’s shuttle buses in San Francisco on Tuesday to bring attention to a little-known issue with the search giant’s ads.
The bicyclists cruised along the shuttle bus route with “mobile billboards” or trailers that said, “Searching for abortion care? Google will send you to fake, anti-abortion clinics.”
According to the progressive organizations behind the campaign, Credo and UltraViolet, Google searches for abortion services often direct users to sham medical facilities called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) that provide counseling meant to discourage women from having abortions. …
Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer for UltraViolet, said her organization has been in talks with Google for four years trying to get ads for what she calls “fake clinics” removed from Google search results and Google Maps.
So, if we look at the larger picture, let’s see what we see.
As NRL News Today readers know well, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week over the closed-fist attempt by the state of California to compel pregnancy help centers to advertise that free abortions are available. The rationale (as is always the case with pro-abortion censorship campaigns) is that the pregnancy help centers were “misleading” women, although there was no evidence anyone was mislead.
California’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act” applies “only to pro-life centers and not to any other type of clinic, and that the leadership of its main backer—NARAL Pro-Choice California—has said publicly she would regulate pro-life speech if she had the chance,” according to Jay Hobbs. And, of course, if pregnancy help centers don’t comply, they will be fined out of business. So much for free speech. By the way NARAL is the leading force behind the campaign to harass pregnancy help centers unmercifully, as we have discussed before.
Credo and UltraViolet take a different route to mangling free speech. They want Google to remove pregnancy help ads. That, by the by, is blatant censorship, but you wouldn’t expect pro-abortionists to be bothered by something as unimportant as the First Amendment.
By the way, Business Insider reported this as well:
The bikers meant to continue riding on Wednesday, but the second day of the campaign was cancelled in light of the active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters on Tuesday.