Report: Federal funding helps promote anti-abortion group’s health app


Federal grants are being funneled into a network of health centers that are using a womens sexual and menstrual health app topush for abstinence as birth control, an investigation by the Guardian revealed.

According to the report, the Femm Foundations FEMM app touts ways to avoid or achieve pregnancy for its users, collecting intimate information such as menstruation details, sex life, mood, and prescription drugs.

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But beyond the facade of an app using seemingly scientific information for womens sexual and reproductive health, tailored with a purple logo and the kind of visual appeals usually present in feminine products, the app isfunded by anti-abortion advocates. Medical advisers listed for the app are tied to a Catholic university in Chile, according to a May reportby the Guardian,andare not licensed to work in the U.S.

The Guardians more recent investigation revealed that the FEMM app is central to the methods used by Obria Group, a group of crisis pregnancy centers in California using the app to promote its abstinence agenda. The network recently requested an annual $5.9 million in funding. The Trump administrationawarded the organization $1.7 million per year.

Obria says it uses Femm Foundations app to promote value of abstinence in its natural family planning program and cites the foundation as part of its basic infertility services. The Guardian report also claims the Femm Foundation is linked to the World Youth Alliance, which is known for its anti-abortion stance.

While the app generally has positive reviews on the iTunes store, some users are starting to doubt its transparency.Full of Misinformation, reads one review from June. No actual doctors were even consulted in this app. The amount of misleading information is horrendous, makes me wonder if someone with an agenda for propaganda is behind this.

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