Hope Resource Center, a Christian crisis pregnancy center in Knoxville, Tennessee, offers free pregnancy tests, well-women exams, STD testing, and ultrasounds. If you search for Hope Resource Center on Yelp, a “consumer notice” pops up with a warning: “Crisis Pregnancy Centers typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.”
Last week, Yelp announced that these notices will appear at the top of listings for every crisis pregnancy center—even when they don’t apply.
If Yelp truly were worried about women’s access to “real” medical care during pregnancy, they’d put a consumer notice above every Planned Parenthood listing. A few years ago, Live Action found that fewer than 5% of Planned Parenthood facilities in the country actually offer prenatal care, even though Planned Parenthood openly pretends and advertises otherwise.
It’s these practices by Planned Parenthood that make crisis pregnancy centers so necessary in the first place. Women—especially those in crisis pregnancies—deserve accurate information and actual care, which they can’t find from Planned Parenthood or, for that matter, on Yelp.
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