State Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday applauded Alphabet Inc.'s move to make changes to search results on Google in order to better direct users to abortion services. 

James' office had previously urged the company to make the changes after search results led people to pregnancy crisis centers that do not offer abortion or contraceptive services. 

"These critical changes to Google search results will be lifesaving and will help individuals get the safe care they need. As reproductive rights are under attack, it’s more important than ever for businesses to do their part to protect access to reproductive care," James said. "My office will continue to take action to ensure that every person has the freedom to make their own choices about their bodies."

Google's changes to search results come as Democrats nationwide are pressing the abortion issue into the midterm elections. New York officials, including James and Gov. Kathy Hochul, have pledged to preserve and strengthen access to abortion in the state after a Supreme Court ruling struck down the long-standing Roe v. Wade decision. 

Hochul has sought to bolster abortion providers in New York with money for expanding facilities and strengthening security ahead of an expected increase in women seeking abortions from states that have outlawed or restricted it. 

Pregnancy crisis centers have also fallen under scrutiny after lawmakers and Hochul this year agreed to legislation to survey the facilities. The New York Catholic Conference has opposed the measure, arguing it would make it harder for the facilities to provide support to women in need of counseling.

A pregnancy crisis center in Western New York earlier this summer was attacked in the days following the Supreme Court ruling. 

Opponents of abortion in the state have urged lawmakers and the Hochul administration to promote options for pregnant women beyond abortion.