Ethan Yoo

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Post-Roe v. Wade: Data privacy and other rights

Tags: Digital rights. Disability. Health. Public policy.

Rajkumar, S. (2022, June 25). With Roe v. Wade overturned, disabled people reflect on how it will impact them. National Public Radio.

The landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, was overturned by the Supreme Court on Friday. Though the court’s decision will impact everyone, disabled people, especially those with multiple marginalized identities, will be disproportionately impacted for a number of reasons, such as health care inequities, sexual violence, poverty and the loss of autonomy that they have historically experienced.

Smith, J. (2022, June 24). In overturning Roe, radical Supreme Court declares war on the 14th Amendment. The Intercept.

Unmooring abortion from individual liberty rights also jeopardizes any number of rights similarly understood to have a home in the 14th Amendment, the dissent [by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan] warns. “The Constitution will, today’s majority holds, provide no shield, despite its guarantees of liberty and equality for all,” they wrote. “And no one should be confident that this majority is done with its work.”

Torchinsky, R. (2022, June 24). How period tracking apps and data privacy fit into a post-Roe v. Wade climate. National Public Radio.

It’s not uncommon for apps to cooperate with law enforcement during criminal investigations – oftentimes around child exploitative imagery in particular. If abortion is criminalized, experts say period-tracking data could become a target for investigators.