How Anti-Choice Groups Push Message “Directly Into Women’s Phones”


Humboldt County Democrats

New investigation by Rewire finds that ‘pregnancy crisis centers’ use geofencing to target women seeking abortions

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

phones_1 It’s a tactic that presents serious threats to women’s safety and privacy, as well as that of abortion providers and their staff, experts say. (Photo: Toshihiro Gamo/flickr/cc)

Anti-choice groups are using smartphone location tracking technology known as geofencing to target women seeking abortions with advertisements intended to mislead and intimidate, a new investigation by Rewire has revealed.

It’s a tactic that presents serious threats to women’s safety and privacy, as well as that of abortion providers and their staff—particularly as the technology allows anti-choice activists to target those they think will be most susceptible to their message.

“Far too many women already know the fear and intimidation of walking past protesters who are shouting and holding graphic posters outside an abortion clinic,” said Rewire‘s vice president of investigations…

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