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Why Women in the US are deleting period tracking apps?

Why Women in the US are deleting period tracking apps?

New Delhi: A lot of women in the US are deleting period-tracking apps stored on their phones.

The apps getting deleted include pronto and Flo that help them track down their menstrual cycle.

They update users on when they are ovulating and signal when a period is late.

A large number of women use these apps to take care of their health, and to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

That is where the problem lies as the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v.Wade ruling that offered women right to abortion.

After Friday's ruling against abortion rights, a lot of women fear law enforcement accessing their period trackers.

This way authorities could carry out investigation on people seeking abortion services, reports say.

The fear began gripping after many analysts warned that data collected by period trackers can be shared with other entities.

This sharing could cause authorities to track down women seeking abortion services.

Many women announced on Twitter they would delete period trackers and remove personal data from such platforms.

Meanwhile, period tracking app Flo is reportedly working on an 'anonymous mode' to allow women to hide their personal details while using the app.

Major tech companies that oppose the ruling have come in support of their women employees.

Google, Tesla, Microsoft, Meta, and Amazon are taking action against the Roe vs Wade ruling.

Google in an email offered employees seeking abortion to relocate to states where it is not banned.

Other tech companies like Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, and Tesla might pay for employees to travel to get abortions in case they are in states with the law in force.

Reports say that ruling could put abortion ban in effect in half the states; Republican-controlled state are likely to either ban or severely limit abortion right away.

One of the states to go easy on the ruling at least for now is Texas, while states controlled by Democrats will protect abortion access.

However, Alabama with its Republican controlled legislature and a Republican governor in charge will ban or restrict abortions.

In 2019, Alabama lawmakers made abortion a felony at any state of pregnancy no matter resulting from rape or incest, unless the woman's health was at serious risk.

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