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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Google Pulls Ads by Shady Right-Wingers Trying to Trick Women Out of Having Abortions

Posted by on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Good news, pro-choice womb-havers and lovers of same! Google, after pressure from NARAL, is going to take down the Google ads of a bunch of sneaky, creepy, deceptive "Crisis Pregnancy Centers":

According to Google’s advertising policy, “factual claims and offers should always be credible and accurate” and “misleading, inaccurate, and deceitful ads hurt everyone.” NARAL—which is conducting a larger campaign to hold CPCs accountable for their tactics targeting women considering having an abortion—identified several examples of CPC ads that don’t meet those terms.

According to the group’s analysis, 79 percent of the CPCs that advertised on Google indicated that they provide abortion services, even though they’re actually in the business of dissuading women from choosing an abortion. After NARAL presented its findings to Google, the company took down those ads, confirming to the Washington Post that it was simply following its normal procedures for reviewing advertisements...

Some CPCs have been forthright about the fact that they’re attempting to use Google to misdirect women who might be thinking about ending a pregnancy. The anti-abortion group Online for Life has been buying up Google ad space for years, explaining that they want women to see their ads when they use Google to search for “abortion.”

Read the rest here. And for more on the lies and creepery of CPCs, check out Cienna Madrid's 2011 story "Six Pregnancy Tests in One Week," all about the CPCs right here in Washington State.


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masque of owls 1
Four for you, Google. You go, Google.

Now if only CPCs would stop receiving federal funding...
Posted by masque of owls on April 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Fnarf 2
Good God. I have a kook relative who is, or was, working, or volunteering, in one of these places. Zero medical training, not even basic knowledge, but oh, yeah, "we'll refer them to a doctor if we see anything that needs attention", which is frankly a terrifying thing to hear. And their sole mission is to redirect away from abortion. Just horrible.
Posted by Fnarf on April 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM · Report this

The the current Vatican resident calls it an "unspeakable crime" but you were oozing with praise earlier on in the SLOG feed.

Or is it just generally accepted that the typical reader has a memory that extends for about 2 hours....
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
@3 - It's possible to praise a person for one thing and hold them in contempt for another thing. I know you're used to people holding you in unwavering contempt, but other people are more nuanced than you.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM · Report this
Knat 5
It's good to be occasionally reminded that, at least for now, Google is a beneficent overlord.
Posted by Knat on April 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM · Report this

"Nuanced", that's a new one.

Sort of like when someone says "it's complicated" meaning I'm going to violate every rule I've ever uttered, and do what I want, in a completely hypocritical fashion.

Oh, but who am I to criticize. I'm sure these people are all eventually going to solve world hunger with stem cells and pollution using LiON batteries or else in some super secret "nuanced" way that only they (you) can understand.

Meanwhile, everyone else who is too overt should just continue to breath bad air and accept the 200 sq. ft. apodment. It's all for a greater good. Your greater good.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM · Report this
Simple solution. DO NOT vote for a republican in 2014 or 2016.
Posted by longwayhome on April 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM · Report this
Or anytime in the future.
Posted by sarah70 on April 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM · Report this
AmyC 9
I just finished writing a paper on reproductive services access and legislation, so I've done a lot of googling of phrases like, "number of abortions performed last year," etc. Let me tell you, the ratio of nonsense to actual information is about 1:1. Most of it is pretty easy to identify right off the bat, but some groups have clearly been working hard to make it LOOK like they're actually offering legit info and services. What a fucking shitshow.
Posted by AmyC on April 30, 2014 at 7:47 AM · Report this
venomlash 10
@6: You mad.
Posted by venomlash on April 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM · Report this
@9 You just described the republican party...fucking shitshow. How can so many voters be so ignorant as to think the republicans will help them get ahead and prosper in the richest country in the world? They appeal to the ignorant and poor persons in the south, many of them can't read and they also switch district boundries for educated wealthier persons to minimize the real intelligent vote as opposed to the dumb limbaugh listener vote.
Posted by longwayhome on April 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM · Report this

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