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Tinder Wants to Know Your Thoughts on Abortion

The app just wants you to be able to take a stand while swiping.

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Tinder—the app that gave a new way to casually bang—added a “pro-choice” badge to users’ profile options on Tuesday. “At Tinder, we unequivocally support the right to choose,” the company said in a statement this week.

Within the app, Tinder is promoting Planned Parenthood and Bansoff.org as well as donating ad space to Kansas Constitutional Freedom, a coalition of reproductive rights advocates working to protect legal abortion in the state.

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An app that facilitates casual sex absolutely should facilitate conversations about reproductive health and give its users that information about potential dating partners. If a condom broke, what would you do? How do you feel about bodily autonomy? Are you actively hindering people from exercising their right to abortion in any way? I think the dating pool deserves to know, so they can make informed decisions about who they choose to grab a drink or get naked with.

What’s disappointing, we must note, is that Tinder is owned by a company that is actively thwarting abortion rights. Match Group—the parents company of Tinder, Match, and OKCupid—used its customer revenue to donate $137,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). This donation was disclosed first by Judd Legum’s Popular Information. Mississippi’s Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch, a RAGA member, was a key player in devising legal strategy for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the Supreme Court case from last month that overturned Roe v. Wade. Now, RAGA has spent $682,000 in TV ads to oust Wisconsin’s Attorney General Josh Kaul, who supports abortion rights, as well as for attorneys general in Arizona and Michigan.

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So, good for Tinder for taking a stand. It’s vital, especially now, to be open about what we all would or wouldn’t do if pregnancy becomes a reality—considering that our reproductive autonomy and options in this country are rapidly dwindling.