I have to do a few things this morning so this will be a brief and concise post.
With the ongoing events regarding reproductive rights for women people don;t seem to remember the bad old days before abortion was legalized. In unregulated and unsanitary conditions, women literally died in back alley abortion clinics. Many self-induced abortion. With the furthering limitations of modern day access to these services it is a fair concern that we could return to such barbaric practices. We are well on way there:
Hundreds of miles north in Austin, the capital, lawmakers may inadvertently increase this illegal trade. Rules set to pass as soon as tomorrow might result in the closing of most, if not all, abortion facilities in the state. If the law -- promoted as a way to improve women’s health -- makes legal abortion unavailable in Texas, more women may turn to markets such as the one near McAllen and risk their lives.
“You’d be amazed at how many people, young people, are taking those pills,” said Erlinda Dasquez, a 29-year-old mother of four who has done so herself. “I probably know 12 to 20 people who have done this. My cousin just went to the flea market a few months ago.” (snip)
In the past few years, health-care providers in the valley, one of the state and nation’s poorest regions, have seen an increasing number of women suffering from incomplete abortions and bleeding after taking drugs unsupervised, they said.
The pills, which are known by the brand name Cytotec and require a prescription in the U.S., are designed to prevent stomach ulcers. They can also induce abortion. Until recently, obtaining them meant a trip across the border to Mexican towns such as Nuevo Progreso, where pharmacies can legally sell them without a prescription.
What's the solution for women? if they have money, they can get a privately funded abortion. If not, they get this:
“If I had $100 to pay for birth control or pay the bill for lights, I’d pay the lights,” said Saldana, a Brownsville native and single mother.
Saldana said she considered abortion. Texas Policy Evaluation Project researchers surveyed about 300 pregnant women seeking the procedure after the state cut family-planning funds. Almost half said they were “unable to access the birth control that they wanted to use.”
As her 3-year-old daughter, Ashley, tried to engage her in a game of catch, Saldana questioned whether she should have given up her mobile phone to pay for contraception, then asked how her employer would have maintained contact had she done so.
She said she plans to get sterilized before her Medicaid coverage runs out next month.
So much for the sanctity of life. Anti-choice people are now pushing women to permanently not reproduce. This is no joke, it's reality.
I'll be back later. Play nice.