Google has an abundance of control over what consumers see, and one leading pro-life organization believes the search engine is drastically reducing the group's exposure when people search for information about abortion.
Operation Rescue keeps up-to-date statistics about abortion providers and abortionists in the U.S., and the group says that, since May, it’s seen a massive decrease in the number of people visiting its Abortion in America page, which had in the past been the most trafficked page on the website.
In a news release last week, Operation Rescue said it had “previously appeared on Google in top five hits on the search ‘Abortions in US,’ and was a top referrer to OperationRescue.org.”
“It has since been buried off the first results page and well down the list,” Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice president of Operation Rescue, said. “The page was also dropped off the first page of results for the search ‘Abortion Statistics,’ which had been one of Operation Rescue.org’s top search referrals.”
Sullenger said the page had been receiving an average of 16,000 views per month “with virtually no promotion” and was on the path to “a record-breaking year” in January with 37,111 views. But then traffic suddenly plummeted.
“Within the month of May, views mysteriously decreased by more than half over the previous month,” she said. “In June, it received only 1,512 views. During the last seven days of June, it only received 307 views.”
In a Google search Monday, TheBlaze was unable to find a link to Operation Rescue with the search terms “Abortion in US.” But under the phrase “Abortion Statistics,” the pro-life group was found on the second page, behind the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood.
Operation Rescue believes it has been “singled out by Google for discrimination.”
The alleged suppression “has revealed Google’s pro-abortion agenda that is determined to deprive the public from seeing the truth about abortion displayed in incontrovertible facts and statistics drawn from a number of sources,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said in a statement.
“Why are they manipulating their powerful search engine to steer the public away from our popular website?” he asked. “We want people to know that targeted pro-life content is being buried [by] Google’s search engine, which cannot be trusted.”
TheBlaze reached out to Google for comment, but had not heard back from the company at press time.
These allegations against Google came not long after the pro-life group Live Action accused Twitter of suppressing its advertisements. Lila Rose, the group’s founder and president, said she was told by Twitter that Live Action’s ads were offensive and in violation of the social media company’s hate speech policies.
Live Action claimed Twitter has blocked them from advertising its content “until we delete ALL the tweets it deems offensive — or, in reality, all the tweets that offend Planned Parenthood.”
On its website, Live Action claims Twitter is demanding it erase all tweets “calling for the end of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,” pertaining to “undercover investigations into Planned Parenthood,” or featuring “any ultrasound images of preborn children.”
Rose said her group has no intention of deleting the tweets.