By Gabriela Pariseau
A Republican lawmaker is calling for an investigation into Google after its infamous maps service, Google Maps, “incorrectly” removed a pregnancy center.
In a fiery op-ed for Yellowhammer, Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL) said he issued a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding the tech giant release similar instances of inexplicable censorship. “Woke corporations have been getting away with silencing conservative voices and values for a long time, and I have had enough,” Carl declared. Last week, Google Maps could not locate D.C.’s Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center until The Daily Signal pointed it out to the tech giant. When MRC Free Speech America reached out to Google, the company claimed that the listing “was incorrectly removed and we have since reinstated it.” Rep. Carl, however, is pushing to hold Google accountable.
In his op-ed, Carl emphasized Google’s alleged mistake is not something to simply let slide. “Although the clinic is now back on the map, I sent a letter to Mr. Pichai, the CEO of Google, to express my concerns as to why the listing was removed in the first place and if there are other similar situations that have not yet been brought to light,” he wrote. Carl further noted the seriousness of the situation. “Pro-life clinics should be listed on Google Maps without being removed under any circumstance, as women’s health and protecting the lives of the unborn is incredibly important to millions of Americans.”
The Daily Signal reported that before last Monday, users who searched for D.C.’s Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center were met with results for a Maryland pro-life pregnancy center and Planned Parenthood’s Carol Whitehill Moses Center. Rep. Carl was not impressed.
“Having the pregnancy center’s location removed from Google Maps is a threat to women’s and children’s health,” he wrote. “It’s even worse to re-direct someone to the location of a clinic performing abortions.”
Rep. Carl also pointed out that this is not the first incident of Google censoring pro-life content. “Google has been accused of numerous incidents of suppressing or censoring pro-life and conservative viewpoints and content in the past, and this is yet another example of Google pushing its own pro-abortion agenda and promoting the view of left-leaning organizations,” Carl stated.
MRC Free Speech America has repeatedly reported on Google’s consistent pro-choice bias. From LifeSite News and EWTN Global Catholic programming to censoring the nonprofit Created Equal, the Big Tech company has repeatedly suppressed pro-life content. In Sept. 2021, Google even banned Live Action’s ads for abortion pill reversal medication which has saved thousands of children’s lives, according to Live Action founder Lila Rose.
In January, MRC Free Speech America researchers also found that Google made Planned Parenthood’s website the first result in a search for the word “pregnancy” on the eve of the 50th annual national March for Life in Washington, D.C.. Google’s AI chatbot Bard has similarly shown pro-choice bias.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and reposted with permission.