Grace E. Marino


Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization sent shockwaves across the nation, overturning years of precedent and marking a pivotal moment as Roe v. Wade receded from current legal standing. This consequential abortion case immediately ignited controversy, prompting states to swiftly enact laws prohibiting abortion. Beyond the immediate implications for the health and safety of those seeking abortions, the new legal landscape poses additional risks. Since the era when abortion was last illegal, rapid technological advancements have transformed the American societal landscape, resulting in daily surveillance of its citizens. The convergence of technological progress, societal dependence on technology, and the absence of robust data privacy laws presents a distinctive challenge to reproductive rights. This paper delves into the technological landscape preceding Roe, explores significant developments since 1970, and examines the potential ramifications for reproductive freedom. The unique risks arising from data collection and easy access to information are particularly pronounced in states with recently implemented anti-abortion legislation.