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Communicating about abortion criminalization and tech surveillance

Access to safe and legal abortion has long been under attack. The overturn of Roe v. Wade has empowered the state and bad actors to make it even more challenging to obtain an abortion  -- putting up additional barriers to access where there should be none. And today, too many tech companies and platforms continue to extract, buy and sell vast amounts of personal data, eroding our autonomy. Ford

The ways that data surveillance will facilitate abortion criminalization rest at the nexus of those two issues. This burden will land most heavily on communities the state already disproportionately targets – people of color, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, people struggling to make ends meet, undocumented immigrants and others. 

Advocates need powerful, united messaging and a shared vision for change across technology and reproductive justice movements about this emerging threat. To meet this current moment, we need a narrative that proactively shares a unifying, winning vision for a just and free future.

Spitfire has developed this narrative guide to help advocates advance a narrative that connects digital rights and abortion advocacy with an eye toward justice. This guidance builds upon the tireless work of people on the front lines of the reproductive justice and digital rights movements.