Several Catholic church-associated groups and individuals funded a fertility app, Femm, which claims to help women follow their menstrual cycle, while also encouraging them to avoid hormonal contraception. These organizations, The Guardian reports Today abortion rights and contraception are opposed, and they have previously joined US Vice President Mike Pence, who is also a vocal anti-abortion advocate.
The Chiaroscuro Foundation, a Catholic charity, provided $ 1.79 million to the developers of the Femm app and is run by Sean Fieler, a Catholic hedge financier. In addition, the news center reports that two of the app's medical advisors are not licensed to practice in the US.
The Femm app works in the same way as other fertility apps by allowing women to enter their menstrual cycle data, including when they have their periods, their reproductive goals, when they have had sex, and other observation data. Although users can enter their method of birth control, the app says that the & # 39; natural & # 39; way for women to prevent pregnancy is to get to know and manage their fertility cycle. The app also encourages women to visit their own network of doctors for hormone testing, which they claim can diagnose "underlying" medical conditions.
The Guardian says Femm perhaps the first fertility app to receive ideological support, although Anna Halpine, CEO of the Femm Foundation, said that the app is not so much concerned with anti-abortion lawyers. "Femm has never commented on the problem of abortion and is not working in that area," says Halpine. "Femm is an organization committed to expanding information research and knowledge about women's reproductive health around the world."
The Guardian reports that the app has been downloaded 400,000 times and speaks to the reality that fertility apps often collect extremely sensitive information. Users do not know who the creators of these apps are or how they are funded. Although people often have faith in the apps they find in the Play Store or the App Store, they can actually have a political tendency that can influence the advice they give, especially with regard to sensitive health data. And in this situation we now have evidence.