Women and girls using Google to find an abortion provider in the Bay Area may end up in the hands of an anti-abortion operation that doesn’t terminate pregnancies and instead pushes clients to give birth.

Anti-abortion facilities are featured at or near the top in results for queries such as, “Where can I get an abortion near me?”

The serving up of anti-abortion results that are opposite to the actual goal of the search is most pronounced when a user goes to Google Maps after searching for an abortion provider.

From San Jose, for example, the search, “Abortion providers near me” produced results that put in the two top spots the San Jose clinics of Catholic-funded RealOptions Obria — an organization that started out as the anti-abortion group Birth Choice and seeks to locate its facilities near Planned Parenthood clinics.

Planned Parenthood, which does provide abortions, came up at No. 3 on that search.

Searching for, “Where can I get an abortion near me?” delivered slightly different results: RealOptions at the first and third spots, with Planned Parenthood in between. For that search, RealOptions also came up at No. 4 in the non-Maps results for the Google search, while it occupied spots seven through nine in non-Maps results for the “Abortion providers near me” query.

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RealOptions — which did not immediately respond to a request for comment — is what is commonly called a “crisis pregnancy center.” These facilities typically advertise pregnancy services and counseling, and seek to divert girls and women away from abortion and toward adoption and parenthood.

RealOptions’ two San Jose clinics — it also has facilities in Mountain View and Union City — are included in the “crisis …read more

Source:: East Bay – Business


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