Up against stringent women’s health and family planning laws, more and more Texas women are learning how to perform do-it-yourself abortions. Experts say that so far, the number of women in the GOP-led state who take this risky option has risen as high as 100,000 to 240,000.
According to a new Reuters report published at Business Insider, a young, single, broke and pregnant woman in southern Texas did what these increasing number of women have done — had a self-induced abortion.
With the help of her friend, some online instructions and a quick dash across the Mexico border to a pharmacy in the small town of Nuevo Progreso, she got over the counter pills for $19. Most commonly the Mexican pharmacies dispense misoprostol, available there without a prescription, for use at home.
Well, the best thing I can say about all this is at least they don’t prescribe wire hangers.
Thanks to the strict HB2 omnibus bill on reproductive health in the GOP-led state, which took hold in 2013, the chances of getting a surgical abortion at a clinic are slim to none. Fewer than 20 clinics remain to serve 5.4 million women of reproductive age. Worse, the clinics that have been forced to close because of the laws have been especially hard in the poor and largely Hispanic Rio Grande Valley.
Religious conservative legislators say the HB2 law protect women’s health. Bullsh*t! It does the contrary.
The rise in self-induced abortions correlates to HB2, which relates “to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities; providing penalties.” Critics have argued the bill is unconstitutional and took the case to the Supreme Court where arguments were heard back in March.
“This is the latest body of evidence demonstrating the negative implications of laws like HB2 that pretend to protect women but in reality place them, and particularly women of color and economically disadvantaged women, at significant risk,” said Dr. Daniel Grossman of Ibis Reproductive Health in California and researched with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at University of Texas at Austin.
Experts, like Dr. Grossman, say that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds Texas’ restrictive abortion laws, the numbers of self-induced abortions will escalate.
Dr. Grossman also stated this: “We certainly hypothesize that if there is a bad ruling from the Supreme Court that leads to more clinic closures, yes, this will only become more common.”
Expert research shows that U.S. women opt to self-induce due to the closing of their local clinic, the expense of a clinical procedure or the costs of traveling to a distant facility. Their statistics show that one in three women have had an abortion.
So what lies ahead for women of reproductive age in Texas, let alone women throughout America is unknown. What we do know is that the GOP has renewed its call to overturn Roe v. Wade. And this astounds me because there is not one mention of “God” or “abortion” in the U.S. Constitution.
Religion has no place in government, so get your biblical hands off our bodies.
That’s right. OUR bodies, OUR choice.
Abortions should be made legal – and safe.
Special Note: The Reuters article included “Do-It-Yourself” information and “Instructions” for self-induced procedures.
I read through them all and threw up. No, not from pregnancy or an abortion — from the sheer and utter ignorance of religious conservative politicians who believe a woman’s uterus is a government affair.
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