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Google will now indicate in its Maps application and in its search engine which clinics and hospitals offer abortions in the United States, at a time when several states are restricting access to this practice after a Supreme Court ruling.
In a statement, the Mountain View company in California explained that these locations will appear specifically labeled as abortion facilities when the user searches for “abortion clinics near me.”
The results will only show centers where Google has received confirmation that abortions are actually performed, so as not to send anyone to a place where this does not happen.
If there are no clinics near the user, it will be suggested to widen the search radius.
Recently published reports suggest that searches for abortion centers on Google sent users to some places where they were provided with false information about this procedure, or even anti-abortion clinics.
A North Dakota judge has blocked the law that would ban abortion in that northern US state, just one day before it would have gone into effect.
Judge Bruce Romanick agreed with the abortion clinic that filed the lawsuit against the State and blocked the entry into force of the law while the case is resolved, alleging that otherwise “significant harm” would be caused to the plaintiffs.
The conservative states of Texas, Idaho and Tennessee have begun implementing laws that almost completely ban abortion and, in some cases, impose penalties of up to life in prison for doctors who perform it.
It is a new step in the war against abortion that has been waged at the state level since the United States Supreme Court in June withdrew federal protections for that right, which has already left more than 20.9 million women in reproductive age without access to this procedure.
The new laws do not change the reality on the ground in Texas, Idaho and Tennessee, which already prohibited abortion at 6 weeks of pregnancy and where most clinics stopped providing such services after the Supreme Court ruling.
However, they do establish or increase fines and prison sentences for medical personnel, in an attempt to intimidate them, according to abortion advocacy organizations.