An anonymous Google spokesperson stated, “We’re now rolling out an update that makes it easier for people to find places that offer the services they’ve searched for or broaden their results to see more options.”
Following the decision by the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade to end protection for abortion, TechCrunch stated, “Google Maps and Search will now explicitly label healthcare facilities that provide abortion services.”
When you Google “Abortion Centers Near Me,” users can see confirmed centers that offer abortion, and in case Google does not have the info, they will label it as “might not provide abortions.” if there are no results found near your location, it will suggest places that are a little far away by asking to expand the search result.
This action was taken after Bloomberg reported that Google offers crisis pregnancy centers, does not provide information on abortion, and often includes wrong information on safe abortion when a user searches for abortion clinics.
However, Google is not obscuring crisis pregnancy centers which the US lawmakers questioned in a letter written in June. On Tuesday, Yelp announced that they would add a notice to the crisis pregnancy centers and tell the customers that they offer limited medical services.
The labeling system by Google applies to other amenities too that offer specialized services like hospitals for aged people.