I am going to talk to you about menstruation, that lunar physical fact that more than half of the population suffers for almost 40 years of their lives and that the other half is so repulsed by. Calm down, I’m not going to get into the debate about the painful casualties for this concept, I have enough with the puddles that I already step on.
I reformulate. I am going to talk about why bleeding every 28 days, more or less, is related to technology, movement control and the establishment of criminal sanction systems. In short, I am going to talk to you about how we all have something to hide and that this right to legally hide ourselves from the gaze of others, what we call intimacy or privacy, makes perfect sense because we never know if we will end up living, from one day to the next. in a police state. Or in Gilead from The Handmaid’s Tale .
A few weeks ago, Politico published a 98-page bombshell from the heart of the US Supreme Court, a leak that has filled the Republican party with anger, which is, curiously, the main beneficiary of the draft sentence that is expected to be published before the summer.
The text details, in the caustic and derogatory language of the deeply conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court’s plans to annul the landmark 1973 ruling, Roe v. Wade , who legalized abortion in the United States. Without getting into its technical guts, what Roe v. Wade was to give constitutional status to the right to abortion , and what the leaked proposal does is remove that consideration by sending the states the power to regulate this issue within their territory.
If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, more than 20 states – home to roughly half the US population – are likely to ban abortion rights in almost any circumstance. But not only. A recently approved law in Oklahoma , which takes as an example the Texan law (which prohibits any interruption of pregnancy from the sixth week -“the heartbeat law”-) and that goes further (prohibits abortion from “the very moment of conception” ) plans to punish anyone who helps Oklahoma women to have abortions abroad, in a state that is legal. The Texas Law itself, which seems to be inspiring other Republican states in their legislative fury, empowers private citizens to denounce offenders.
The American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA ) establishes the obligation to keep professional secrecy regarding consultations related to the practice of an abortion, an obligation that extends to health insurance companies and their managers. But apps and data titans don’t have the same obligation.