Google changes policy to block misleading ads for anti-abortion groups

Google changes policy to block misleading ads for anti-abortion groups
Announcement comes after Guardian revealed Google gave $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion group

Vivian Ho and Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Tue 21 May 2019

Google has changed its advertising policy after facing scrutiny for providing tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs misleading ads designed to deter women from terminating their pregnancies.

Google announced this week that starting in June, advertisers running ads “using keywords related to getting an abortion” will first have to distinguish themselves as an organization that “either provides abortions or does not provide abortions”, according to the new policy update.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/20/google-changes-policy-to-block-misleading-abortion-clinic-ads

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USA – Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group

Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group
Exclusive: Obria Group’s ads suggest it provides abortion services, when in fact it tries to persuade women not to terminate pregnancies

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Jessica Glenza in New York
Mon 13 May 2019

Google has given tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs ads suggesting it provides abortion services at its medical clinics, but actually seeks to deter “abortion-minded women” from terminating their pregnancies.

The Obria Group, which runs a network of clinics funded by Catholic organisations, received a $120,000 Google advertising grant in 2015, according to a public filing. In 2011, it received nearly $32,000. Such grants are designed to support and expand the reach of non-profits around the world.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/12/google-advertising-abortion-obria

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USA – No, the Real ‘Abortion Divide’ Is Not Between Patients and Protesters

No, the Real ‘Abortion Divide’ Is Not Between Patients and Protesters
The abortion divide is between people who need and deserve abortion access and the well-funded movement colluding with lawmakers to push it out of reach.

Apr 29, 2019
Tara Murtha

PBS’ Frontline recently premiered The Abortion Divide, a short documentary that examines the experiences of several women facing unplanned pregnancies in Philadelphia as they decide whether to carry the pregnancy to term or have an abortion.

The filmmakers follow the women who choose abortion into the Philadelphia Women’s Center (PWC), where they interview patients and doctors. They also showcase the protesters who gather outside PWC to try to shame and intimidate people on their way in and out of the building. They also film inside so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs).

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/04/29/no-the-real-abortion-divide-is-not-between-patients-and-protesters/

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USA – ‘Abortion Regret’ Shows the Long History of a Favorite Anti-Choice Talking Point

‘Abortion Regret’ Shows the Long History of a Favorite Anti-Choice Talking Point

Apr 19, 2019
Dr. Cynthia Greenlee

Abortion rights supporters tout relief as the signature emotion that most abortion seekers experience after their procedures. Anti-choicers have their own frequently publicized post-abortion feeling: regret.

As the recent book Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom by scholars Shoshanna Erlich and Alesha Doan argues, emotions don’t occur in a vacuum. As individual and in-the-moment as emotions appear, their meanings—and how they are expressed—are socially and politically constructed, sometimes in complex ways and sometimes in simplistic binaries that say “men punch walls when they get angry” and “women cry.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/04/19/abortion-regret-shows-the-long-history-of-a-favorite-anti-choice-talking-point/

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Trump Administration Gives Family Planning Grant to Anti-Abortion Group

Trump Administration Gives Family Planning Grant to Anti-Abortion Group

By Kenneth P. Vogel and Robert Pear
March 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took an important step on Friday in its push to restrict access to abortion and contraception, announcing that it would give as much as $5.1 million in family planning funds to a nonprofit organization funded by allies of the Catholic Church.

The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services went to the Obria Group, a Southern California-based nonprofit that describes itself as being “led by God” and that aims to siphon patients — and money — away from Planned Parenthood.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/us/politics/trump-grant-abortion.html

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Texas gave anti-abortion group millions for women’s health, despite warnings

Texas gave anti-abortion group millions for women's health, despite warnings

By Jeremy Blackman, Austin Bureau
Feb. 25, 2019

On a Monday evening in May 2016, Carol Everett sent an email to fellow anti-abortion activists detailing “an extraordinary pro-life opportunity.” Her nonprofit, the Heidi Group, she said, had spent the past year pushing for nearly $40 million in funding to help Christian pregnancy centers “bless many poor women” across Texas.

“It is no exaggeration to say this is the greatest possibility for expansion of pro-life care for the poor ever,” she wrote.

Continued: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-gave-anti-abortion-group-millions-for-13638235.php

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USA – Bedsider Created an Extremely Easy Way to Help Women Find Abortion Providers

Exclusive: Bedsider Created an Extremely Easy Way to Help Women Find Abortion Providers
It's the most comprehensive and detailed abortion provider database so far.

By Hannah Smothers
Oct 3, 2018

Bedsider, a birth control support network from Power to Decide, announced Wednesday morning the launch of a new feature that makes it extremely easy for people to locate nearby abortion providers, and access care they need.

You might know Bedsider as an online resource for all things birth control: The site has info on all the contraceptive methods you can feasibly get, including how effective each one is with typical and perfect use, and which method is best for who. For a few years, part of Bedsider's mission in making contraceptive knowledge and access as easy as possible has included a local clinic finder.

Continued: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a23574724/bedsider-power-to-decide-abortion-clinic-finder-exclusive/

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These clinics used to provide abortions. Now they are owned by antiabortion activists. Here’s what it reveals about the state of reproductive rights These clinics used to provide abortions. Now they are owned by antiabortion activists.

These clinics used to provide abortions. Now they are owned by antiabortion activists.
Here’s what it reveals about the state of reproductive rights

Rebecca Grant
September 19, 2018

Debra Choat stood in the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, Tenn., a space that used to be an abortion clinic.

Granite slabs cover the wall. Each plate is inscribed with the name of a “baby lost to abortion,” said Choat. Some of the plates have full names inscribed on them while others have a first name. Some have a last name or just “Our Little Angel.”

On a mantel below the wall rest dozens of stuffed animals, letters and toys left by visitors.

Continued: https://www.thelily.com/these-clinics-used-to-provide-abortions-now-they-are-owned-by-antiabortion-activists/

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USA – Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories

Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Even though abortion is technically legal, it can still come with shame, stigma, and fear.

By Katha Pollitt
Aug 3, 2018

Vats of ink have been spilled trying to figure out whether the coming right-wing majority on the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The truth is, we just don’t know; it will all come down to what’s in the hearts and minds of five anti-abortion, very conservative men. If I were one of them, I would definitely opt for keeping Roe and letting it dangle in the wind. Upending the precedent could awaken the majority of Americans who want to keep abortion legal. Right now a lot of pro-choicers still don’t pay attention to restrictions on abortion, no matter how stringent they are, as long as the procedure is technically lawful and available to them personally.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-women-are-sharing-their-abortion-stories/

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USA – Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded crisis pregnancy centers deliver few services

By Mary Tuma
Fri., July 20, 2018

"They won't tell you this wherever they do these things, but it's a very big risk. You may never be able to conceive children. There's about a 90% chance you may never be able to have children down that road."

That was one of the misleading and deceptive messages imparted to Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy resource center in South Austin. While there, Gorsky and Wenke were also sold a slew of other medically unproven information about abortion, including negative mental side effects and emotional distress, false claims debunked by the American Psychological Association. The procedure, they were warned, was "very painful," and they would "hear the vacuum sucking the fetus out."

Continued: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2018-07-20/crisis-pregnancy-centers-money-for-nothing/

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