Crisis pregnancy centers are under attack again. This time, from Yelp. The local business review site announced that it will affix warning labels to pro-life centers telling potential clients that such centers “typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.”
Google Maps could be next. The AP reports, “Yelp’s move might put more pressure on Google to do something similar with listings on its site. Last week, hundreds of Google employees released a petition calling on the company to fix misleading search results for abortion services by removing ‘fake abortion providers’ and halt its business with ‘publishers of disinformation related to abortion services.’”
This trend should be concerning for so many reasons. First, Yelp is assuming that women aren’t smart enough to know what service they’re looking for. Crisis pregnancy centers don’t pretend to be venues for a woman to get an abortion; they present themselves as centers containing resources for women with unexpected pregnancies—because they are.
Second, it appears that Yelp has no plans to add a disclaimer for abortion clinics, even though not all of them have admitting privileges at local hospitals or meet other medical standards.
This news is part of a larger trend of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers coming under attack and intimidation. Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to “crack down on them,” introducing legislation directing the Federal Trade Commission to issue penalties to clinics that use “deceptive or misleading advertising.” It would appear that these pro-abortion activists are offended at the mere existence of these pro-life centers, and short of offering abortion, any center helping women with unintended pregnancy will be accused of being “misleading.”
Pro-life resource centers and clinics are also under literal attack from pro-abortion radicals. Dozens of crisis pregnancy centers have been vandalized or fire-bombed in the past months, with vandals leaving the message, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” Public calls for the Justice Department to get involved have been left largely unanswered. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has been exploring “all options” in its power to help women obtain abortions.
It is telling that, instead of supporting vital resources for pregnant women in need, pro-abortion advocates are trying to shut them down at the same time as abortion restrictions grow across the United States. It’s as if they aren’t “pro-choice” after all.