Incident 400: Google Search Returned Fewer Results for Abortion Services in Rural Areas

Description: Google Search reportedly returned fewer abortion clinics for searches from poorer and rural areas, particularly ones with Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws.


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Alleged: Google developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed women in need of abortion services and women having unexpected or crisis pregnancies.

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Khoa Lam
Googling for Abortion: Search Engine Mediation of Abortion Accessibility in the United States · 2022

Among the myriad barriers to abortion access, crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) pose an additional difficulty by targeting women with unexpected or "crisis" pregnancies in order to dissuade them from the procedure. Web search engines may prov…


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