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Fri Jul 14, 2023, 11:54 AM Jul 2023

Teen and mom plead guilty to abortion charges based on Facebook data

Rebecca Bellan@rebeccabellan / 7:08 PM EDT• July 11, 2023

A Nebraska woman has pleaded guilty to helping her daughter have a medication abortion last year. The legal proceeding against her hinged on Facebook’s decision to provide authorities with private messages between that mother and her 17-year-old daughter discussing the latter’s plans to terminate her pregnancy.

The case is a telling example of how Big Tech can be tapped to help prosecute abortion in the United States, where the Supreme Court in 2022 overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Experts have warned that location data, search histories, emails, text messages and even period- and ovulation-tracking apps can now be used in the prosecution of people who seek an abortion and those who assist them, and this case shows they are right to worry.

Meta, which owns Facebook, could have challenged the legal order to hand over private messages to police, as it and other tech companies sometimes do on various grounds, but it didn’t. The private messages on Facebook Messenger show how the two discussed plans to terminate the pregnancy and destroy the evidence, including instructions from the mother on how to use the pills to end the pregnancy. Those messages directly led law enforcement to acquire a search warrant.

Police raided the family’s home and seized six smartphones and seven laptops, with data like internet history and emails totaling 24 gigabytes.


( I'm not sure I have civil words to describe how dangerous this is. )

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Teen and mom plead guilty to abortion charges based on Facebook data (Original Post) BeckyDem Jul 2023 OP
We need a new underground railroad to sneak these women out of Gilead to a free country. bullimiami Jul 2023 #1
I think you're absolutely right. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #2
Underground railroad, yes... slightlv Jul 2023 #3


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2. I think you're absolutely right.
Fri Jul 14, 2023, 12:35 PM
Jul 2023

I am shocked at how outrageous this was for the mother and daughter...insane this could occur.

And, fuck Facebook.


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3. Underground railroad, yes...
Fri Jul 14, 2023, 12:39 PM
Jul 2023

but we're going to have to come up with a place or form of speaking that "we" know what's being said, but is gibberish to anyone else. That's not going to be easy. Especially with the social media platforms becoming nothing more than an extension of right wing theocracy.

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