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Yelp Begins Flagging Crisis Pregnancy Centers with Consumer Warning About Medical Services

Craig Bannister | August 23, 2022 | 4:46pm EDT
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Yelp.com is now flagging crisis pregnancy centers with a consumer notice claiming that the centers “provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite,” Axios reported Tuesday.

"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," Yelp Vice President of User Operations Noorie Malik told Axios.

Both faith-based and non-faith-based crisis pregnancy centers are now being flagged.

Despite Yelp’s warning that crisis pregnancy centers “may not have licensed medical professionals onsite,” analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute reveals that the nation’s crisis pregnancy centers have more than ten thousand licensed medical professionals:

“Currently, more than 2,700 pro-life pregnancy centers support pregnant women facing difficult circumstances with medical care and referrals, education, mentoring, and material support including diapers, car seats, and clothing.  Community-based support is offered through nearly 15,000 staff and almost 54,000 volunteers, which includes 10,200 licensed medical professionals (both staff and volunteers).”

“Shame on Big Tech companies like Yelp for colluding with the abortion lobby in their war on compassionate pregnancy help,” SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.

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Big Tech companies, not crisis pregnancy centers, are the ones actually misleading the public, by their efforts to control the information their users are – and aren’t – able to see online, Dannenfelser said:

“Discriminatory labels are not meant to inform, but to scare women away from receiving the support and resources they need. America’s pregnancy centers exist to serve women and families, taking financial pressures and other types of coercion out of the equation. The abortion lobby meanwhile fights tooth and nail against women’s right to informed consent, including hearing their baby’s heartbeat or seeing an ultrasound.

“If Big Tech’s labels were truthful, they’d highlight all the real services pregnancy centers provide that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry don’t, such as such as diapers, formula, clothing, strollers, parenting and childbirth classes, education and career help, and much more – typically free of charge.”

More than 800,000 lives have been saved through pregnancy centers’ community-based care since 2016, Lozier reports.

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