The abortion part is clickbait. What this is about is if privacy laws should be stricter in the US. The information of people was sold and is used. In Europe this is not allowed. From somebody who lives in Europe, this could be a bit stricter. So how does it work in Europe?
So I worked for CompanyA who had clients (companies) that had customers (people). They decided to close and sell the product portofolio to CompanyB. The customers would still be able to keep the identical product with the same name and what not.
As we sold the product and not the customer, we were not allwed to just send a file with everything to CompanyB and have it automated. What we did was
1) Send a letter that we were going to stop
2) Inform them that if they want, they can cancel
3) If they did not cancel, they would be contacted by CompanyB
4) CompanyB (where I work now) send a letter to the customer saying they would now be dealing with the product
5) The customer needed to sign a new contract
6) All contracts needed to be verified and treated as if they were a new customer (because in reality they were)
The period of transfer CompanyA asked sometimes info about customers that, even while available, we were not allowed to give.
For me personaly this was nice, as I was working for CompanyA while being paid by CompanyB.
Other things mean that if your spouse calls for info, we are not allowed to give it, unless it is explicitely allowed. Mind you, most companies do not honor that last one.
Direct marketing to people is very restricted. It is allowed to customers you have a business relation with (e.g. people who bought something from you) but not to others. So no buying of data and sending then mail or what not.
If people ask to stop sending stuff, you better agree with that.
To me the privacy laws are not going far enough, but that is just a personal opinion.