It is sad that it took the petitioning of pro-choice organizations to get this result but it is inspiring to see that the goal was accomplished. Both search engines Google and Yahoo have taken down the misleading, lie-filled sponsored ads Anti-choice groups had spread around the internet.
It started with Google and NARAL last month when NARAL petitioned for Google to remove anti-abortion ads, which are the source of many lies and deception regarding abortion and women whom have them. Google, thankfully, did remove the anti-abortion ads after they decided the anti’s were violating Google’s advertising policies.
Yahoo has now followed suit removing the deception filled ads for, again, violating Yahoo’s company policy. Yahoo spoke with the popular website, CNET, stating they did find these ads, and that they have been removed. As a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET:
“We have found at least some of the ads to be out of compliance with our policies and we are taking them down.- We’re in the process of reviewing the other ads and will take similar action if any are found to not be in compliance with our policies.”
It shouldn’t be too shocking to find that when NARAL researched just 70 of American cities and of those 70 cities they found 79% of ads were from deceitful Crisis Pregnancy Centers which “don’t provide or refer for abortion care.”
That’s fine if someone is not looking for an abortion or information about an abortion, but to those who have or will, their tactics are only a waste of time, frustrating at best. I can only hope the majority of women continued to search on after realizing who these people were.
Some Anti-Organizations, such as “Online for Life”, aren’t even ashamed of the false advertising and admit they pay to market lies and misguide women. Organizations such as “Online for Life” have a campaign that is especially designed for the internet with the purpose of using quote “innovative Internet marketing techniques” so that “abortion determined women” would then be sent to nearby “life-affirming pregnancy resource centers” instead of obtaining any medical or abortion related information.
Not shocking, during they its Google campaign, Naral found that in more than 70 US cities 79 percent of the ads were from “crisis pregnancy centers” that “don’t provide or refer for abortion care.”
Yahoo has indeed found some of these ads popping up in its search results and told CNET that it has now removed them.
“We have found at least some of the ads to be out of compliance with our policies and we are taking them down,” a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET. “We’re in the process of reviewing the other ads and will take similar action if any are found to not be in compliance with our policies.”
Many anti-abortion groups don’t keep it a secret that they’re paying for placement of Internet ads. The group Online for Life has an ongoing campaign geared toward “using the Internet to rescue babies from abortion.” The group says it uses “innovative Internet marketing techniques” to reach “abortion-determined women” and then guides them to nearby “life-affirming pregnancy resource centers.”
I’m thrilled the ads are being taken down, but it is even bigger than that. If you have to lie and deceive people to get them to come to your website so you can disrupt their plans while giving them false information about the medical procedure they are looking to obtain in hopes of scaring them into your way of thinking, you don’t have much of a solid point anyway.
If the argument against abortion is so legitimate why does everything from statistics to science and medical reports go against everything these CPC and anti’s state? They can’t answer that without admitting they are wrong, so they lie trying to convert women over to their side; taking away their right to decide what is best for them, their family and the fetus.
Not to mention, it’s none of their business; it’s no one’s business why another person makes a certain choice in their life. These anti’s and Crisis Pregnancy Centers need to learn and understand that there is nothing wrong with being against abortion if they feel that is right for them, but that does not mean it is right for everyone. It isn’t right for me, and that doesn’t make me a bad or evil killer. Nor does it make any one else who has had, will have, or is considering having an abortion any of the horrible names they cry out in vain hoping to hurt another soul.
The fact that they want to hurt others so badly alone says enough about them. Then take into consideration the lies and all their other misleading behaviors and that alone should be reason enough not to believe a word they say.