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Free Expression, Privacy & Data, Reproductive Rights

CDT Joins Letter Opposing South Carolina Senate Bill 1373

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) joined a letter led by the Chamber of Progress opposing South Carolina Senate Bill 1373, which would make it a crime to share information about reproductive health services to a pregnant woman and to host or maintain an internet website or service that provides reproductive health information to pregnant women. In addition to CDT and Chamber of Progress, seven other civil society organizations joined the letter.

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, CDT has been working to protect the privacy and access to information of people seeking reproductive health care. The South Carolina bill would force online services and broadband providers to censor information related to reproductive health, which could lead to greater rates of unintended pregnancies, maternal mortality, and sexually transmitted diseases.

The bill violates the First Amendment by infringing individuals’ right to freely communicate online and online platforms’ rights to host speech. We urge the South Carolina State Senate to reject the bill.

Read the full letter here.