Google Employees Union petitions search engine removes results from pro-life pregnancy centers

Employees at Google’s parent company are urging the search engine to remove results from pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, according to a petition sent Monday by the company’s union to Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn deer v. Wade, more than 650 Alphabet Inc. employees have signed the petition, which asks Google to remove “results from fake abortion providers” and what the union considers “misleading information” about reproductive health services. The petition also calls on Google to stop collecting user data on abortion-related searches, saying user data would be “used against them” in states that have banned or restricted abortion.

Abortion providers often vilify pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which provide counseling, resources and often medical services to pregnant women. Planned parenthood calls these centers are “fake clinics” with a “shady and harmful agenda” to dissuade women from having abortions.

The petition, circulated by the Alphabet Workers Union, urges Google to institute data privacy controls for “health-related activities,” such as searches for “reproductive justice, gender-affirming care, and information about health.” ‘access to abortion’. This data, according to the petition, “should never be recorded, turned over to law enforcement, or treated as a crime.”

Big tech companies such as Facebook and Google have faced political challenges over data disclosure since a draft opinion from the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health was disclosed in May. In June, twenty-one congressional Democrats urged Google in a letter to “limit appearance” or add “user-friendly disclaimers” to search results for pro-life pregnancy centers.

Google indicates in its Privacy Policy that he must respond to a government subpoena, court order, or search warrant, but pushes back on requests for information he deems too broad.

A Nebraska police department this month used information legally acquired from Facebook to prosecute 17-year-old Celeste Burgess for violating Nebraska’s 20-week abortion ban, the Nebraska Examiner reported.

Google said in July that it would automatically erase visits to abortion centers from a user’s location history, the the wall street journal reported.

Alphabet executives have yet to respond to the petition.