Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google’s top executive told Congress that they would label the medical facilities in the US offering abortion in search engine results and on Google Maps to prevent confusion with anti-abortion facilities.
Google to clearly show abortion centers in Google Maps
The company’s VP for public policy and government affairs for Canada and the US, Mark Isakowitz stated that when people search for abortion facilities near them, the results will show locations that have been verified to provide the services.
According to Isakowitz, the internet giant will also enable users to expand their search to include relevant results from businesses that don’t offer abortions.
Google’s statement comes in response to a letter from Warner and Slotkin, dated June 17, asking Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai to stop Google searches from tricking people into visiting anti-abortion facilities.
Following Roe’s overturn, around half of the American states have attempted to outlaw or restrict abortions or are anticipated to do so. In addition, Texas, Idaho, and 11 additional states include “trigger” laws that forbid abortion upon making such a decision.
Texas federal courts stop implementation of government guidelines on abortion
A federal court prevented the Biden administration in Texas from implementing new guidelines that mandate hospitals offer urgent abortions to women despite state laws on the practice.
The US Health and Human Services Department’s instruction was unlawful and extended beyond the wording of relevant federal law, according to U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix in Lubbock, who concurred with Republican Texas State Attorney Ken Paxton.
Instead of blocking HHS from applying the guidelines and its understanding of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act in Texas as well as against two anti-abortion physician groups, the judge decided not to enjoin them nationwide.
Hendrix made his decision prior to a decision anticipated on Wednesday by another court over whether the nearly entire prohibition in Idaho that the Department of Justice is challenging violates the identical constitutional provision in question in Texas’ suit.
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