States with abortion laws could easily gather data on abortion seekers

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, pro-choice advocates are concerned that states will use online postings in criminal prosecutions. The National Right to Life Committee has written model legislation prohibiting “instructions over the telephone, the internet, or any other medium of communication” or “hosting or maintaining a website, or providing internet service, that encourages or facilitates efforts to obtain an illegal abortion.” (The Verge, June 25, 2022, by Adi Robertson)

Tech firms are worried police will obtain warrants for customer’s search history, location and other information concerning abortion. (U.S.News &World Report, June 24, 2022, by Reuters)

With no laws barring police from obtaining online data, Police could obtain a court order or just buy the information from the data collection industry. (Vox, June 24, 2922, by Sara Morrison)