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Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron had filed an appeal in the abortion ban case with Kentucky’s Court of Appeals. The ACLU says the ban violates the state’s constitution. The judge had previously granted the ACLU’s request for a restraining order. Two weeks ago, Cameron for now won the Court of Appeals’ decision. Do the men who pass these asinine decisions know or care that men make up 13% of Planned Parenthood’s patients across the country? This is the same Daniel Cameron weeks ago, along with 20 other Republican state Attorney Generals, suing the United States Department of Agriculture for prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ students in school lunch programs.
If you need an abortion or other reproductive health services, or know someone who does, these groups such as abortionfinder.org can help.
To help protect your digital privacy when seeking an abortion, or assisting those who need one, you can:
✅ Use a privacy-first search engine, like DuckDuckGo.
✅ Chat about plans on encrypted apps with disappearing messages.
✅ Don’t use anything that ties back to your identity, such as your name, phone number or email address, credit card or bank account. Get a secondary email address and phone number so it doesn’t spill over into the accounts you use daily. Buy prepaid cards to pay for purchases.
✅ Get a secondary email address and phone number. @ProtonMail has end-to-end encryption if all are using the service. Use a secondary email address and phone number to register sensitive accounts or give to contacts with whom you don’t want to associate too closely.
✅ Buy a prepaid phone. These phones have basic features only. These phones don’t offer app-use, or online browsing. They enable you to contact the emergency services while your identity remains anonymous. Use these phones to register accounts that require a phone number.
✅ Use a VPN and @torproject to mask your IP number.
✅ Use different browsers for different use cases. More private browsers like Firefox are better for more sensitive activities. Keeping separate browsers can protect against accidental data spillover from one aspect of your life into another.
✅ If you’re going to or from a location that’s more likely to have increased surveillance, or if you’re particularly worried about who might know you’re there, turning off your devices and their location services can help keep your location private.
✅ Carefully look at the privacy settings on each app and account you use. Turn off location services on phone apps that don’t need them. Raise the bar on privacy settings for most, if not all, your online accounts.
❌ Turn off Google location and search history.
❌ Turn off phone location services.
❌ Turn off all geolocation on all services and devises.
⚠ Following the tips above does help in protecting you but you must stay vigilant. Nothing is ever 100%, but it does help.
Keep your devices and software updated.
Need an abortion? The National Network of Abortion Funds is here to connect you with organizations that can support your financial and logistical needs as you arrange for your abortion.
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