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As reproductive choice is increasingly criminalized, our posts, messages, photo libraries, and even data collected by pregnancy monitoring apps create a digital trail that can then be used as criminal evidence for violating any number of laws. So while social media can be an empowering tool, particularly during the pandemic as families and loved ones might see each other less often, it’s also a potentially incriminating digital record of the ways we take care of ourselves, our families, and our reproductive choices outside of medical and state institutions.
The surveillance and possible criminalization extends outside of our personal digital footprints—unsurprisingly, in ways that disproportionately affect people of color, especially Black…