The war against the radical abortion lobby is being waged across a variety of battlefields.
Most Pro-Life Americans think the center of the fight for the preborn rests in state courts.
But Texas Attorney Ken Paxton is trying to change the narrative as he defends the preborn by pushing back against Big Tech.
Fight between Yelp and Ken Paxton could have major impact on labels placed on pregnancy centers
We are living in a world where we rely heavily on Big Tech companies to point us in the right direction.
However, a lot of times these companies are actually trying to point us in the direction that they believe is right.
That is the basis of a petition brought against Yelp by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The Texas Attorney General argues that Yelp was providing “misleading” information to people in an effort to stop them from visiting Pro-Life pregnancy care centers like Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Paxton says the tech company is discriminating against organizations that are seeking to secure the right to life.
Yelp says that Paxton is trying to suppress the company’s constitutional right to Free Speech.
The online review site says that they have worked hard to more “accurately” categorize the business and “inform visitors that the centers do not provide abortions…”
Now they’re both suing each other, and the result could have big consequences for the Pro-Life movement.
Yelp says they just want to make sure people can find practices that offer abortions
Yelp says Paxton is suing them, “for stating that crisis pregnancy centers ‘typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.’”
The tech company didn’t deny that they had placed the label on pregnancy centers nationwide.
In fact, they said that it did happen and that they have since removed the label.
Yelp has replaced that notice with one that more accurately describes the goal of pregnancy centers.
The new label describes the centers as “businesses offering pregnancy-related services, but not abortion services for referrals to abortion providers.”
Yelp says that “for years [they have] made substantial efforts to categorize pregnancy centers more accurately, and to distinguish them from health care providers that do offer abortions…”
The company says that they are simply trying to make sure people end up at a clinic where they can get the help they are seeking.
Paxton isn’t satisfied with change of heart, and they should still be liable for their prior actions.
Paxton believes that Yelp should still be held liable for their “misleading” label
“Yelp refused to remove the misleading disclaimer for several months, likely diverting consumers from seeking pregnancy resource centers’ services in favor of other facilities that lacked the misleading disclosure,” Paxton argued in his suit.
The lawsuit explains that these centers do “provide significant care and counseling to pregnant women…[and] commonly provide significant medical services…”
This includes being cared for by “licensed medical professionals onsite.”
Paxton wants the company to be held accountable for their prior misleading statements and to send a message to Big Tech firms that are pro-abortion.
“Although Yelp appears to have eliminated this misleading disclaimer from pregnancy resource centers’ Yelp pages, Yelp remains liable for penalties and other relief for the duration of its unlawful behavior,” Paxton explained in his lawsuit.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.