Now that Republicans is Texas have succeeded in the relative end of abortion in their state, women have begun seeking new sources and new tools to end an unwanted pregnancy.
Governor Rick Perry, and the Republicans in the legislature, passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Under the guise of ‘increasing the safety of women’s health,’ they have forced their supporter’s religious beliefs on the women of Texas.
Two of the most repressive features of the bill will disallow any abortion after 20 weeks, and will eliminate at least 36 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state.
Democrats have said that they will continue the fight, but women are not waiting for more delayed legal action.
A spokesman for a Texas women’s health center says that many women will cross the border to Mexico and purchase an ‘abortion pill.’
“This law will lead a lot more women to try self-abortion,” said Jackie F., a 24-year-old food server and student. She was at the center for post-abortion follow-up exam.
She asked that her last name not be revealed to avoid criticism from the anti-abortion media. The pill she is referring to is readily available in Mexico, and can be found openly at some Texas flea markets. It causes a miscarriage.
Nuevo Progreso is a Mexican town just yards from the Texas border. They offer the drug, misoprostol in both generic and name-brand options. The generic can be purchased for as little as $35 for 28 pills or Cytotec for $175.
Women who have purchased the pills inquired about proper usage. Many did not know, and others gave a wide range of options, which doctors say could be very unsafe.
“The women see it as “a pill to make my period come,’” said Andrea Ferrigno, a vice president of Whole Woman’s Health, which runs a network of abortion clinics. “Often in their minds, it’s not abortion.”
There exists a challenge between Arizona, Texas, and South Carolina to see which state can revert to the 1950’s the fastest.
The Republican Party, suffering tremendous losses in the 2012 elections, promised to ‘modernize’ their failing party, and once again be a force for all Americans.
Eight months have passed, and Republicans have continued to regress. Their racist, bigoted, homophobic, and misogynistic ways have returned with more vigor than before. They continue to move farther to the right, and away from the majority of Americans.
The facts are there for them to see. The United States of America is younger, and less white. More women are graduating from college than men, and they are voting in greater numbers in every election. The LGBT movement is unstoppable, and they vote.
Texas doctors say that misoprostol is effective about 85 percent of the time in early pregnancy. They say that many women have already been using the pill, which is readily available in Mexico, and thereby avoid the use of a clinic. The cost is far less, and they are able to avoid the ‘stigmata’ of using an abortion clinic.
If legal action fails, and the bill becomes law, Texas women will be seeking other abortion tools. Welcome to the 21st century Rick Perry et al.
Alfred James reporting