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Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group



© Reuters Activists chant as they rally in support of Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles. CPCs are sometimes located close to Planned Parenthood locations.


Google has given tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs ads suggesting it provides abortion services at its medical clinics, but actually seeks to deter “abortion-minded women” from terminating their pregnancies.



The Obria Group, which runs a network of clinics funded by Catholic organisations, received a $120,000 Google advertising grant in 2015, according to a pubic filing. In 2011, it received nearly $32,000. Such grants are designed to support and expand the reach of nonprofits around the world.


Obria was awarded the 2015 grant despite the fact Google had faced intense criticism a year earlier, after a pro-choice group found the platform was running deceptive ads for clinics that appeared to offer abortions and other medical services, but instead focused on counseling and information on alternatives to abortion.


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