In the United States, women are already deprived of abortion

His state of Texas has recently made access to abortion extremely difficult, as are many conservative states. The law prohibits virtually any voluntary termination of pregnancy after six weeks, before most women become pregnant.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal right to abortion, returning the right to ban it in every state. And what Texas women have been going through since September 2021 – having to travel to terminate a pregnancy – will become more common, with many states in the south and center of the country banning the practice immediately.

From his hometown of El Paso, the “F” is just a 45-minute drive to Santa Teresa, New Mexico, where a reproductive health clinic opened in 2015. But others have to travel longer

About 1000 km

“The hardest thing for me was how to get here,” said Ehrece, a 35-year-old engineer who traveled about 1,000km from Dallas, whose last leg was in a taxi. “The driver dropped me off at the gas station next door and I walked here, so no one knew where I was going.”

This woman, who still does not want children for professional reasons, has good reason to worry.

Texas law allows anyone involved in abortion to be tried. This includes caregivers but also, for example, Uber drivers who take patients to the clinic.

“They don’t make it easy,” says Emily, a 35-year-old yoga teacher who doesn’t want to be a mother. “You’re worried someone is attacking you in front of the clinic, or some crazy guy coming in with a gun.”

Workers protesting in front of the building are not afraid of Dr. Franz Thiard.

This 73-year-old obstetrician has been performing abortions since the 1980s, when doctors were sometimes injured and even died due to their abortions.

“We are very fortunate to have very progressive laws in New Mexico,” said Dr. Third.

She no longer practices surgical abortion but prescribes abortion pills: a first of mifepristone, to prevent the development of pregnancy, the next day, misoprostol tablets, to start contractions.

In the waiting room, his assistant, Rocio Negret, answered many of the patients’ questions.

“How many weeks are you?” He asked. “We have an appointment available, but we can only see you for 10 weeks.”

Surgical abortion is possible in New Mexico towards the end of pregnancy, and medical abortion is allowed up to about 10 weeks.

Rocio Negrete is getting more and more calls from people outside of New Mexico.

But some women, fearful or without adequate financial resources (the process costs 700 700), cross other borders in search of alternatives.

In Mexico

Half an hour drive south of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. In several pharmacies, boxes of 26 tablets of misoprostol, presented as a treatment for ulcers, are available for থেকে 20 to 50 50.

Mifepristone is more difficult to find, but it is possible to find.

“Women buy it and don’t know how to use it,” lamented a pharmacist from Ciudad Juarez, holding a box of misoprostol in his hand. “It’s dangerous, it can cause bleeding, so it’s best to consult a doctor,” he added.

In Santa Teresa, New Mexico, all the women we met insisted: It is vital that legal abortion be possible.

“If a woman wants to have an abortion, she will succeed,” said Ehres, a 35-year-old engineer.

“There’s going to be a lot of illegal things that women can commit suicide with because there’s no one to support them, there’s no place where they can do it safely,” he continued.

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