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Women Go To Mexico For Abortion Drugs

Women Go To Mexico For Abortion Drugs

A woman is unemployed.  She has two boys.  She’s a single mother, and she suffers from a rare form of diabetes but isn’t able to afford the medication.  Oh, and did I mention that she’s starting to suspect that she’s pregnant?  This is the tragic story with which Laura Tillman opens her latest article in The Nation Tillman recalls the woman saying, “I thought, If I am pregnant, I want to take something to not be pregnant.”

Unfortunately, things are not so simple for this woman, Diana.  She lives in Brownsville, Texas, just north of the border, and a combination of her small, conservative community, her Catholic family, and extreme expense makes a trip to the abortion clinic, thirty miles away, impossible.  Although abortion is legal and ostensibly accessible, Tillman writes, “a trip to the abortion clinic amounts to a damnable transgression.”  Many women don’t even realize that it’s legal.

For women like Diana, a trip to a Mexican pharmacy, where abortion drugs (mostly likely Misoprostol), are cheap and readily available, is far more feasible.  Women will go buy the drugs themselves, or have a friend go, and take the medication without any further guidance.  If they’re lucky, they’ll have what looks like a miscarriage; if they’re not, their uterus could rupture and bring about internal bleeding.

Tillman writes eloquently about towns like Brownsville, which are all too common throughout the United States.  Read alongside a recent study that revealed that people in places with restricted abortion access are more likely to google “abortion,” we have yet more concrete proof that women in these places still need to access abortion, even if it’s highly stigmatized.  These are places where it’s far easier to say “miscarriage” than “abortion.”  And for pregnant women, the choice to walk into a clinic can often mean public shame and ridicule.  These women don’t have relationships with doctors they trust; they can’t afford expensive procedures.  Drugs like Misoprostol are preferable because they are cheap, private, and aren’t necessarily connected to abortion.

Until abortion is destigmatized and made completely affordable and accessible, these self-induced abortions will continue.  And although Misoprostol is better than some earlier methods for DIY abortions, women’s lives will be at risk until every woman who needs one can afford a safe abortion under a medical professional’s care.

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6:09PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

And if a women thinks she might have not used a condom right or if shes worried at ALL they have those day after pills or those Plan B i think there called that works up to 5 WEEKS of conceiving! I just dont understand why someone would risk having a baby knowing they shouldn't i just dont think thats a wise decision but thats just me! And sorry about the comments showing up twice my computers gay!

6:01PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Yes i know that birth control dosent work 100% ALL the time but if you know you shouldn't get pregnant for ANY reason and you knew you would have to take drastic measures if you were to become pregnant WHY even take the chance? I mean if i knew i could die or i didn't want any more children or couldn't afford any more i would get my tubes tied or something to prevent it! I just dont see why women (when they know they shouldn't or dont want to get pregnant) Chance it, and then act like it is a burden or freak out about it.

6:01PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Yes i know that birth control dosent work 100% ALL the time but if you know you shouldn't get pregnant for ANY reason and you knew you would have to take drastic measures if you were to become pregnant WHY even take the chance? I mean if i knew i could die or i didn't want any more children or couldn't afford any more i would get my tubes tied or something to prevent it! I just dont see why women (when they know they shouldn't or dont want to get pregnant) Chance it, and then act like it is a burden or freak out about it.

1:46AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Nikkole Sadler - good for you . . . I was married 8 years, using no birth control, before my first child was born. I suppose that means no birth control works for a looooong time too? Of course not, and neither does any birth control work 100% of the time. It is a woman's choice to carry or not carry a child to term. I would not have an abortion, because I had to wait for so long, but I would not deprive any woman, or young girl, of her personal decision.

12:07AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

@Nikkole Sadler: "Take birth control or use a condom and YES doing both WORKS i had sex with my hubby for 4years before we decided to have a baby and we used birth control and condoms and i never got pregnant!"

Yes, Nikkole, and I've been driving for over 40 years without getting killed in a car wreck. So obviously NOBODY ever gets killed in car wrecks. Sheesh...

It's apparent that you haven't read back very far in the topic, since every one of your questions was addressed in previous posts. ONE person beating the odds is not the same as the odds of getting pregnant on birth control being ZERO. There is no method of birth control that is a 100% guarantee against pregnancy. And if the woman happens to DIE during childbirth, then giving it up for adoption will be a moot point.

Look up the definition of "involuntary servitude". The Constitution bans it, even when it might save another person's life. Even if a fetus WERE a "baby", you still can't force a woman to serve it against her will.

10:07PM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

WOW people if the women had diabetes and other kids and KNEW there would be no WAY she could afford another child she should have thought about that a little harder IF you CHOOSE to have sex then you should DEAL with the consequence's Why Should an unborn baby die because you were to stupid to Take birth control or use a condom and YES doing both WORKS i had sex with my hubby for 4years before we decided to have a baby and we used birth control and condoms and i never got pregnant! And why not just give the baby up for adoption there are soo many people who cant have children who would GLADLY take them! I dont believe in killing and innocent baby just because girls cant keep there legs closed! People who have sex and say OH its whatever i can have an abortion are just plain stupid!

2:37PM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

As someone said for all you pro lifer's you have the right to your opinion but you don't have the right to choose what a person can or can not do with her body? I don't believe that there should be laws and people deciding what a woman can or cannot do with her body it's hers not yours to decide or when do i get to choose what you can do with your body? it should be no one's business we all have the right to privacy period....

11:47AM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

Simply, a sad story.

4:47PM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

Is this still 2010 or did we slide back to the 1950s?

12:11PM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

In response to the ridiculous "personal responsibility" comments that always show when an article about abortion gets posted:
There are many ways one can not take responsibility for a pregnancy, but safe, early abortion is not one of them. Having a baby, and then leaving it in a dumpster is irresponsible. Having a baby, and then drowning it is irresponsible (yes, it happens). Having a baby, and then neglecting it for years and years is irresponsible. Having a baby, and then leaving all of the work to your unwilling family members is irresponsible. Deciding to keep the pregnancy when you know you will be unable to quit drugs is irresponsible. Deciding to keep a pregnancy that may kill you when you have kids who depend on you is irresponsible. Knowingly staying pregnant until you're eight months along, and then having a late-term termination without a medical justification is irresponsible (note: I don't think you can do that anywhere in North America).

Those are all irresponsible ways of dealing with a pregnancy. Having a foetus, whose brain is too underdeveloped to function, removed from your uterus by a trained professional is not irresponsible.

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