FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2022) – Attorney General Cameron today joined Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and a coalition of 15 other states in sending a letter to Google expressing concerns about recent political pressure encouraging Google to discriminate against crisis pregnancy centers in search results, online advertising, and other products like Google Maps.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has advocated for the shutting down of crisis pregnancy centers, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Congresswoman Slotkin (D-MI), joined by 19 of their Democrat colleagues, sent Google their own respective letter, urging them to discriminate against these private charities by removing them from search results.
In their letter, the Attorneys General promise to investigate potential violations of antitrust laws and religious discrimination, should Google fall to this political pressure and attack free speech.
“Right now, we should all be working together to provide women and families with life-affirming care and support. Instead, Democratic members of Congress are pressuring mega-corporations to censor information about crisis pregnancy centers,” said Attorney General Cameron. “Google must not give in to the political pressure to alter search engine results to discriminate against crisis pregnancy centers. Any attempts to do so will result in legal action.”
Crisis pregnancy centers are private charities that show compassion and practical support to women in a time of need. In 2019, crisis pregnancy centers served over 1.8 million clients and provided services valued at over $266 million for little or no cost. These included ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, STD testing, parenting and prenatal education classes, post-abortive care, recovery counseling, free or reduced-cost diapers, baby clothes, car seats, and strollers.
In their letter, the attorneys general explain the importance of providing users “unbiased access to information.” Because Google accounts for ninety percent of all internet searches in the United States, it is essential for the corporation to act in the best interests of the American public.
Attorney General Cameron, together with Attorney General Miyares, was joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia in sending the letter.
To read the letter click, here