Is Google Censoring Pro-Life Ads? Hawley Asks Google to Explain.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asks a concern throughout the election hearing of Ed Gonzalez for director of U.S. Migration and Customs Enforcement on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 15, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) sent out a letter to Google on Wednesday requiring responses  about why it has “seemingly censored” advertisements by pro-life companies Live Action and Select Life Marketing. 

Hawley composed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking, “At what rate are ads produced by crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life advocacy organizations, and firms that work with them deemed ineligible for distribution on Google’s platform?”

The senator likewise questioned what “contacts” Google executives or other leaders have actually had with “abortion advocacy organizations in the last month.”

“When I spoke with Mark Zuckerberg about a similar issue in September 2019, he acknowledged the danger of bias on the parts of content reviewers in this area, particularly where pro-life activist groups like Live Action are concerned,” Hawley composed. “But if your company’s behavior is any indication, those concerns have gone unaddressed.”

He recommended that Google “appears to have taken a page out of the progressive left playbook and has started targeting pregnancy resource centers and pro-life activist organizations for disfavor.”’

The Missouri Republican politician stated that Select Life Marketing, a business from his house state that works with pro-life pregnancy resource centers, discovered that its advertisements were not running, “even though Google designated them as eligible to run.”

Hawley composed that the business was “unable to obtain an explanation” from Google and kept in mind that “even a cursory investigation reveals numerous examples of Planned Parenthood advertising directly to internet users that it offers abortions, contrary to Google’s stated policies.”

The letter came one day after Live Action President Lila Rose stated that Google had actually obstructed 18 of her company’s advertisements, consisting of one promoting the abortion turnaround tablet. 

A Google representative informed Fox News it had actually brought back a video published by Live Action after discovering it did not breach any of the business’s policies. Google stated it had “corrected the label that temporarily blocked its ability to be promoted.”

“We do not permit ads with unproven medical claims. Medical experts have raised serious concerns about abortion reversal pills,” the representative stated, mentioning a post from the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ,which stated that abortion-reversal tablets are not backed by science.

“Beyond protecting users from medical harm, our policies do not distinguish between promoting pro-choice and pro-life messages.”

Hawley stated the most current events were not the very first time that “political considerations” had actually affected Google’s advertisement eligibility choices.

“In the summer of 2020, under pressure from the cryptic partisan organization ‘Center for Countering Digital Hate,’ Google threatened the conservative website The Federalist with removal from the Google Ads platform, based on the contents of its comments section. Something similar appears to be happening here,” he stated.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.