Your feelings on June 24, 2022.
That’s what I experienced, shortly followed by wrath.
My project manager texted me the breaking news, which I learned about while I was on a zoom call with a client.
I’m convinced that every emotion was visible on my face.
When Roe v. Wade was reversed, I was in New Orleans. Suddenly, I, my friends, our parents, grandparents, and elders had fewer rights than we had the previous evening.
I realised I was separated by thousands of miles of territory with no access to abortion or abortion assistance since Texas and Mississippi, which both have laws that are substantially identical to those in Louisiana, are on either side of me.
I’m one of the many millions of women, femmes, non-binary, and transgender persons who are dealing with this problem.
How can we help?
What’s the next step for us?
Allow yourself to feel whatever you are experiencing right now, but it’s also time to establish a strategy for how to keep ourselves and our community safe.
Digital Safety in a Post-Roe v. Wade World
Now is the time to consider general safety.
Not just your period app, but also how we use our smartphones and how they spy on us, are things we need to take into account.
You, your neighbourhood, and everyone nearby need to consider digital safety and alter how we interact and exchange information.
If you are looking for an abortion online, there is much more you need to do to stay safe than simply deleting your period app (depending on where you live and the app you use).
This includes refraining from publishing items on Facebook, refraining from using Facebook Messenger to arrange an abortion, substituting Tor and DuckDuckGo for Google while searching, and many other examples.
As I’ve said, we are caught in the thorniest, murkiest, and stickiest of webs of privacy-invading technology because we live in a surveillance capitalism.
Almost everything we do online is monitored, and that data can be used against us to cast suspicion on us.
More advice for online digital safety may be found in my two prior blog postings, which are located here and here.
What you need to do right away is:
Save the image below, which is from the Digital Defense Fund’s advice, and read How to Keep Your Abortion Safe and Private.
The manual is really comprehensive and beneficial.