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Payment Data Could Become Evidence of Abortion, Now Illegal in Some States


Digital payments are the default for millions of women of childbearing age. So what will their credit and debit card issuers and financial app providers do when prosecutors seek their transaction data during abortion investigations?It’s a hypothetical question that’s almost certainly an inevitable one in the wake of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade last week. Now that abortion is illegal in many states, criminal investigators will soon begin their hunt for evidence to prosecute those they say violated the law.Medical records are likely to be the most definitive proof of what now is a crime, but officials who cannot get those will look for evidence elsewhere. The payment trail is likely to be a high priority.For banks and other payments companies on the …

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