Google will now clearly label the names of medical facilities in the United States that provide abortions in its searches as well as in Google Maps. Top executives of the American tech giant informed US lawmakers that the company is taking the step to avoid confusion between abortion centers and anti-abortion centers. Earlier this month, more than 650 workers at Google owner Alphabet demanded abortion benefits for contractors, suspension of donations to anti-abortion politicians and better protections for users from abortion-related misinformation and police requests.
Searching for the phrase “abortion clinic near me” will now reveal facilities verified to provide abortions, explained Mark Isakowitz, vice president of government affairs and public policy for the US and Canada at Google. letter To Senator Mark Warner and Representative Alyssa Slotkin.
Isakowitz also added that Google will let users broaden their search to get results for other important listings, including organizations that don’t provide abortions.
Google’s latest letter follows a June 17 response from Warner and Slotkin in which they urged Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai to take steps to prevent misleading Google search results about abortion information.
As previously reported, more than 650 workers at Alphabet demanded the company suspend donations to anti-abortion politicians, as well as provide abortion benefits to contractors. The workers urged Google to better protect its users from abortion-related misinformation as well as from police requests.
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