Clinical instructor at the Cyberlaw Clinic Alejandra Caraballo writes about how the US district court decision blocking access to the abortion pill mifepristone has also threatened free speech on the internet.
"The tech industry and ISPs can make a powerful stand against censorship and help ensure that the internet remains a platform for the open exchange of ideas and information. Tech companies and ISPs can push Congress to repeal the Hyde/Comstock provision while also pledging to resist censorship efforts and fight any enforcement attempts in court. Legal tools at their disposal include arguing that enforcement would violate the First Amendment's protections on speech and constitute prior restraint. This is not just a battle for the future of abortion-related speech; it is a struggle to preserve the very essence of the internet as we know it today."