Abortion has been a contentious policy issue for nearly as long as United States has existed. From its legalization under the U.S. Constitution’s right to privacy in the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade to the overturn of the decision this year in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Healthcare Organization, abortion policy has been on a back and forth swing for generations. The addition of medically advanced forms of abortion, including medical abortions administered via pills, has added another dimension to this already complicated matter. Recent censorship of abortion pill reversal ads by the internet site Google has shown the need for clarification on legislation regarding censorship of reproductive rights issues. In current legislation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 is the clearest attempt to regulate the internet for the safety and well-being of its users. The lack of specificity has allowed big companies to take advantage of smaller companies and non-profit organizations seeking to provide the public with the information needed to make an informed decision. A new federal law must be passed to redefine what is considered acceptable for advertisement removal from internet sites in order to protect the right to choice for consumers and U.S. citizens.
Edwards, Chloe S. (2022) "Abortion Pill Reversal and the Inappropriate Censorship of Google Advertisements," Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 14, Issue 2, Article 2. Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/ppr/vol14/iss2/2