Hi everyone. I wanted to share this clip by Rachel Maddow where she goes into the Rio Grande Valley, a place that is huge and very poor and also happens to be where my family is from. This area has a lot of women with reproductive health problems and it is only getting worse because of Texas' abortion laws.
Here is an excerpt from Slate from Dr. Lester Minto, an abortion provider from the RGV, about why it is not so easy to cross into Mexico to get pills for a self-induced abortion:
If they have a passport and enough money, they go over the border to Mexico and go to a pharmacy and buy misoprostol at a pharmacy. It is an ulcer drug, but it works as an abortifacient. It is not as effective mifepristone, which is the on-label medicine used in the U.S. But in these ladies' situations, misoprostol can be a good choice. It is proper medicine in a blister pack from a proper pharmacy. Someone might even know how to dose it. But it can be an expensive choice. In the U.S., misoprostol costs 10 to 12 cents a pill. I have had ladies charged $80 a pill at Mexican pharmacies. Also passports are expensive and can take too long to get if you don't have one already. Misoprostol only works up to about seven weeks after your last menstrual period. You need a passport now just to walk over the bridge into Mexico and back. Of course if you are undocumented this isn't an option at all.
Here's the link to the interview: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
Oh and he had to close his clinic last friday...And they say there is no War on Women.