Hilgers joins 24-state coalition claiming that Yelp has ‘discriminated’ against crisis pregnancy centers

By: - February 7, 2023 6:00 pm

Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers (Courtesy of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office)

LINCOLN — Attorney General Mike Hilgers has joined a 24-state coalition of red state attorneys general in objecting to Yelp’s “discrimination” against crisis pregnancy centers in its online consumer notices.

In a letter to Yelp on Tuesday, the attorneys general objected to an advisory stating that the pregnancy centers “typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.”

The letter called that discriminatory and “disparate treatment” because it singled out the crisis pregnancy centers, but not Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood has called such centers “fake clinics,” maintaining that they don’t offer a full range of health care and seek to “scare” or “shame” patients out of having an abortion.

But Hilgers, in a press release, said Yelp is “misrepresenting” the services of the crisis pregnancy centers, which provide services such as ultrasounds, pregnancy tests and STD testing.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron led the letter-writing effort. Other attorneys general joining in were from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.

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