240,000 Women In Texas Terminated Pregnancy Without Medical Attention

Since the passing of a restrictive abortion law in Texas in 2013, 100,000 women have attempted to end their pregnancies without medical attention. When the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPep) asked women if someone they knew had tried to terminate pregnancy own their own, 240,000 women answered yes. Researchers found that the most common way to induce was to purchase misoprostol, a drug used to induce labor and abortions, on the black market. New York Magazine’s The Cut interviewed a woman who had terminated pregnancy without medical assistance. She says of the experience:

“It started off slow and … went from zero to sixty real quick and it was just like really painful, intense cramping. It was the worst cramping I’ve ever had and probably one of the worst pains I’ve gone through. And there was also the fact that I’m doing it at home … there’s always that slight uncertainty of like I don’t really know what I’m doing.”

Texas has already shut down half of its abortion clinics since the passing of the 2013 HB2 bill. You may remember this as the bill that former Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for 11 hours. As more clinics continue to close, we can expect more women to have to endure self-termination. As I read these heart wrenching stories, I can’t help but remember Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ line on Veep: “If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM”.


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