Alabama’s Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a coalition including 16 other state attorneys general on Thursday to warn Google against succumbing to political pressure from leftist lawmakers who are demanding the search engine giant to discriminate against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.
Marshall said that if Google blocks or removes crisis pregnancy centers from online searches for abortion services it could open itself up to investigations for violation of antitrust laws and religious discrimination.
He told the tech giant that since it accounts for more than 90% of the internet searches conducted in the U.S., it has a dominant position in that business as well as in the marketplace for advertising online. Marshall said that the company’s dominance brings with it a high level of responsibility to users and the public at large to avoid discrimination.
Marshall referred Google to its corporate motto of “Don’t be evil” in reminding it of its obligation to fairly provide “unbiased access to information.”
He noted that “several national politicians” are using their political power to attempt to influence Google’s overwhelming market position to discriminate in search results, advertising, and Google Maps results against pro-life organizations that provide services to mothers in need.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) excitedly told reporters earlier this month that crisis pregnancy centers “are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination.” She added, “We need to shut them down all around the country.”
Leftist progressives like Warren know of course that attempting to legislate pregnancy crisis centers out of existence would be grossly unconstitutional. As a result, they resort to using their influence in Washington over tech regulations to intimidate providers like Google to implement their radical policies without actual legislation.
In his letter, Marshall said that if Google “fails to resist political pressure” and unlawfully blocks crisis pregnancy centers, he will “act swiftly to protect American consumers.”
On behalf of himself and the other attorneys general, Marshall said that their states would consider additional legislation to protect consumers against unfair practices in addition to investigating possible violations under existing law if Google did not heed their warning.
Crisis pregnancy centers provided services to more than 1.8 million people in 2019. The services provided include ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, parenting and childbirth classes, and STD tests at little or no cost to needy mothers and families. The value of the services provided that year was estimated to be $266 million.