Upon hearing this news, I found it difficult to calm myself enough to write a post, but I think it’s important that as many people are aware of this as possible. A pair of studies recently came out that estimated 100,000 to 240,000 women in Texas have tried to induce their own abortions because they couldn’t get access to safe abortion services.
The studies asked women to anonymously report if they have tried to self-induce an abortion or knew someone who did. Overall, 22% of women either self-induced or knew someone who had. Latina women living near the Mexican border have the greatest difficulties as they have to drive hundreds of miles to the nearest clinic and also face more barriers in obtaining health care overall. The safest option for women who cannot get access to abortion services is to go across the border and buy an abortion pill that doesn’t need a prescription in Mexico. That doesn’t sound ideal, but it certainly beats using coat hangers or getting punched in the stomach.These difficulties are directly related to the abortion restrictions being passed throughout the United States. The anti-abortion bill HB2 has been particularly detrimental for women’s health. The lead author of the study Dan Grossman states:
This is the latest body of evidence demonstrating the negative implications of laws like HB2 that pretend to protect women but in reality place them, and particularly women of color and economically disadvantaged women, at significant risk
So not only do these absurd “pro-life” laws restrict women’s healthcare, they especially hurt the most vulnerable women.
America may be slowly becoming less religious, but there is still a dangerous group of Christian fundamentalists who are hurting women. Pro-choice people of all faiths need to come together and stand up against their oppression. Women should always have a right to choose what they do with their bodies. Women should not have their rights taken away because some people use their religion to justify their misogyny.
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