The Biden Administration’s Investment in Internet Will Reduce Barriers to Abortion

Millions of Americans lack access to reliable high-speed internet. But a move this summer from the Biden-Harris administration—a $42.45 billion investment in affordable high-speed internet—will no doubt help to close this digital divide. Promoting equity in internet access is especially urgent in a post-Roe world, where 21 states have moved to ban or restrict abortion, all while telehealth abortion capabilities are increasing.

The pandemic popularized and revolutionized telehealth, and today, a full range of reproductive healthcare services are available: abortion, contraception, gender-affirming care and more—but only if a person has reliable internet access. The Biden administration estimates 8.5 million households are without high-speed internet infrastructure, and millions more face limited or unreliable internet options.