Pelosi says Democrats are mulling plans to protect abortion access, data in reproductive health apps

Pelosi says Democrats are mulling plans to protect abortion access, data in reproductive health apps

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finishes a news conference after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion, in the Capitol Visitors Center on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the chamber’s Democrats are exploring legislation to protect personal data stored on reproductive health apps, ensure the right to free travel between states and codify the right to an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case.

The ideas, posed by Pelosi to fellow House Democrats in a letter dated Monday, follows the court’s Friday decision to upend nearly 50 years of abortion rights in the U.S. The decision has sparked nationwide outrage from supporters of abortion access in the days since.

“This weekend, the American people spoke out in person and in large numbers about their opposition to the Supreme Court’s disrespect for a woman’s freedom over her reproductive health,” the California Democrat Pelosi wrote. “While this extremist Supreme Court works to punish and control the American people, Democrats must continue our fight to expand freedom in America.”

Her letter offered three early ideas that Democrats are weighing as a response to the ruling.

The first would seek to protect “women’s most intimate and personal data” stored in reproductive health apps.

“Many fear,” Pelosi wrote, “that this information could be used against women by a sinister prosecutor in a state that criminalizes abortion.”

Such apps, including Flo of Flo Health, allow women to track their menstruation, prepare for conception, pregnancy, early motherhood and menopause. While the company did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment, a fact sheet published by the business shows that some 32 million people used its app each month and that 12 million had gotten pregnant while using the platform as of May 2020.

The second idea would be to pass legislation that reiterates the constitutional right to travel freely throughout the U.S., ensuring that residents of states that ban abortions could go to another for the procedure.

The third would codify abortion rights as set out under the 1973 Roe decision in a bill known as the Women’s Health Protection Act.

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