Ratings Website Wants To Make Sure ‘Deceptive’ Pregnancy Centers Don’t ‘Steer Pregnant People Away From Abortion’


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Yelp is adding consumer notices to pro-life pregnancy resource centers warning that there may not be a licensed medical professional on site, according to Axios.

Pro-life pregnancy centers, sometimes referred to as crisis pregnancy centers, offer ultrasounds, medical exams, parenting classes, STD testing and post-abortion counseling along with material resources like diapers and baby food. Yelp, following the lead of pro-abortion activists, has already taken steps to distinguish these centers from abortion clinics and publicly criticized them for allegedly deceiving pregnant women.

The warning will tell users that pregnancy resource centers “provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite,” drawing on claims that the clinics pose as medical institutions but aren’t staffed by medical professionals. In reality, there are over 10,200 licensed medical professionals who work or volunteer at pregnancy resource centers, Moira Gaul, associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The move is Yelp’s latest attempt to publicly promote abortion; the company previously said abortion was “fundamental” to women’s success in the workplace. Yelp also manually reviewed about 2,000 crisis pregnancy center and abortion clinic listings in an effort to ensure accurate listings after its CEO saw an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in which Oliver claimed crisis pregnancy centers were tricking women out of having abortions, a Yelp spokesman previously told the DCNF. (RELATED: Man Accused Of Murdering Pregnant Girlfriend Who Refused To Have Abortion)

“After learning about the misleading nature of crisis pregnancy centers back in 2018, I’m grateful Yelp stands behind these efforts to provide consumers with access to reliable information about reproductive health services,” Noorie Malik, Yelp’s VP of user operations, told Axios. “It has always felt unjust to me that there are clinics in the U.S. that provide misleading information or conduct deceptive tactics to steer pregnant people away from abortion care if that’s the path they choose to take.”

Pregnancy resource centers have been subject to attacks from pro-abortion lawmakers who accuse them of deceptive practices as well as from activists who have firebombed clinics and spray-painted threats on their buildings in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Yelp did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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