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AG Nessel Joins Coalition of 16 Attorneys General in Open Letter Supporting Yelp’s Efforts to Provide Consumers Accurate Information about Crisis Pregnancy Centers
October 25, 2023
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in an open letter supporting Yelp’s efforts to ensure that consumers are provided with clear and accurate information about the limitations of services and staffing offered by Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). Yelp has provided notices on CPCs’ Yelp pages notifying consumers that CPCs do not provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Recently, the Attorney General of Texas sued Yelp for providing these notices claiming they violated Texas’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act. In the letter, the coalition supports Yelp’s efforts to provide accurate information to consumers who utilize the platform to find reproductive healthcare providers.
“Yelp is providing truthful information about Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) with helpful and honest labels to best educate their users seeking healthcare facilities,” said Nessel. “Often, CPCs employ false and deceptive advertising tactics to obstruct individuals seeking reproductive healthcare and the medical intervention they may need, sometimes endangering patients’ lives in the process. I stand with my colleagues in supporting Yelp’s efforts to make clear what patients can and cannot expect when they visit a CPC rather than a health clinic.”
In the letter, the attorneys general support Yelp’s efforts to help educate consumers and ensure that patients are informed of what services are and are not available through CPCs, which ultimately protects the public health. Over the past decade, CPCs have proliferated in the coalition states, outnumbering abortion clinics by a three-to-one ratio. In the letter, the coalition points out that Yelp’s efforts to provide accurate notices about CPCs on its platform helps combat misinformation and benefits consumers.
The open letter was issued by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.