People using Period-Tracking Apps should be Careful in States with Strict Abortion Bans: White House
Just a few weeks after the Supreme Court overruling of Roe v. Wade, White House officials are warning of the negative consequences of using period-tracking apps...
Individuals using period-tracking apps should “be really careful” and follow the same foot of caution when making online searches for reproductive care in states with strict abortion restrictions, according to the White House. Jen Klein, the director of the White House gender policy, made the initial caution for millions of users. The message was stopped short of directly indicating individuals should outright stop the usage of apps and online searches.
Trigger laws have been enacted in thirteen states since the Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe v. Wade. Trigger laws enable a state to immediately ban abortion and more states are set to make such calls in the next few months. 40 Million women will be impacted nationally due to these laws, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
For women living in states with abortion bands, personal data may be harvested from period-tracking apps which can, in turn, be used in a court of law as evidence against the women seeking an abortion. Gina Neff, a professor of technology and sociology at Oxford University urged her followers to “Delete every digital trace of any menstrual tracking. Please.”
An executive order has been signed today by President Biden that aims to aid in protecting access to abortions for Americans. The orders were signed with the goal to give broadening the ability of women to travel from state to state in order to get the proper clinical abortion services. Biden said, “This is a moment to restore the rights that have been taken away from us.”