Abortion clinic surveillance in preparation for post-Roe prosecutions, and China’s covid-prompted economic slowdown

The Supreme Court will soon rule on Ro. Wade J – if having a leaked draft version of the opinion – would end federal protection for abortion access across the U.S. If that happened then it would have far-reaching consequences for millions.

One is that it could significantly increase the risk that anti-abortion activists would use surveillance and data collection to track and identify those seeking abortion, sending information to authorities that could lead to criminal proceedings.

Opponents of abortion are already using methods such as license plate tracking, body cam recording and Wi-Fi networks designed to direct visitors to anti-abortion content. If states continue to criminalize abortion, that data could be used by anti-abortion activists to try to prosecute those seeking abortion, even if they are visiting a different state where it remains legal. Read the full story.

– Abby Ohlezer

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1 How China’s obsession with zero-covid has crippled its economy
Following a series of brutal lockdowns, the country’s economic growth is threatening to lag behind that of the US. (FT)
, Shanghai is set to reopen cautiously from tomorrow. (Bloomberg 2)

2 The biggest challenge of electric vehicles? Charging stations
The roll-out of stations has been slow, partly because they do not make money for gas stations. (WSJ)
, Britain’s electric car industry is also suffering from a shortage of battery plants(Reuters)
, Cargo e-bikes are becoming more common on LA roads. (LA Times)

3 U.S. Confused free speech on the regulation of social media
One of the difficulties of being bound by the centuries old constitution. (WP)
, Social media mocks women and despises their suffering(New statesman $)

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