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Texas Is Hostile to Abortion, So People Are Doing It Themselves

Jan 14, 2020

By Marie Solis

The nature of self-managed abortion means that, for decades, little has been known about how it’s practiced in the United States, or if it’s practiced at all. The method usually involves sourcing pills on the internet, and taking them at home, outside of a traditional clinic or hospital setting that would otherwise be able to give us an idea of how many people are receiving their healthcare services.

But that’s starting to change. New research published in the journal BMC Women’s Health shows that women in Texas—one of the states with the most restrictions on abortion—attempted to self-manage abortions because an in-clinic procedure was out of reach for them. Their reasons were many, but largely centered on cost, which was prohibitive for these patients, and the distance to the nearest clinic.

These are common barriers to abortion care, but for patients in Texas they were made worse by House Bill 2, an unconstitutional state law that went into effect in 2013, shuttering more than half of Texas clinics before it was struck down in 2016. Researchers interviewed 18 women who attempted to self-manage their abortions in Texas between 2012 and 2014, nine of whom attempted to do so after HB2 was enacted.

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One comment on “Texas Is Hostile to Abortion, So People Are Doing It Themselves”

  • There is a large contrast between the religious bigotry and ignorance in the USA and the science based welfare services of  many European countries.

    However, as is often the case, the US bigots are sponsoring anti-abortion fanatics in other countries to promote their religious nonsense.


    Two nurses denied jobs as midwives in Sweden because of their refusal to perform abortions have lost their legal action against Sweden at the European Court of Human Rights.

    Swedish-born Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen from Norway object to abortion because of their Christian faith.

    Swedish law requires midwives to carry out abortions – and several Swedish courts ruled against the two women.

    The nurses got legal assistance from ADF International, part of a US-based Christian group called Alliance Defending Freedom. It campaigns for what it calls “religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family” worldwide.

    Obviously the concept of “freedom” in Sweden, does not extend to imposing religious beliefs on other people, or deciding that religious indoctrination trumps  medical and legal requirements to provide services.

    Of course they have been all along  “free” to apply for other jobs which are not part of the midwife service, but apparently trying to dictate term to their potential employers and  playing the martyr was more important to them!

    I suppose, that is the nature of Dunning-Kruger confidence in  the god-deluded brain!


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