Social media companies and search engines like Google are also playing a growing role in supporting anti-abortion laws through surveilling and putting abortion seekers at risk of criminalization. Meta might allow some abortion-related ads, but as recently as July, it shared a Nebraska-based teen’s text conversations with law enforcement, resulting in her arrest for self-managing an abortion. Meta has a history of sharing abortion seekers’ data with anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. In addition to running misleading ads for CPCs—sometimes targeting them to patients at abortion clinics—nearly half of Google’s search results for “abortion” in some states lead to anti-abortion clinics, which collect data on abortion seekers.


It’s with this in mind, Koppelman says, that “we’ve optimized Mayday Health’s website to protect user privacy as possible,” ensuring it doesn’t track users’ IP addresses or any other personal data. “Big tech has a choice—to suppress speech about the abortion pill, or actually embrace the idea of free speech and allow this First Amendment-protected information that’s actually helpful to people that are on their platforms.”