TV News LIES

Tuesday, Sep 02nd

Last update03:26:27 AM GMT

You are here News Health The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

E-mail Print PDF

misoprostolThe Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83; a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors in dark sunglasses stand behind tables heaped with piles of clothing, barking in Spanish and hawking their wares. The air is hot and muggy, thick with the scent of grilled corn and chili.

Customers browse simple items—miracle-diet teas, Barbie dolls or turquoise jeans stretched over curvy mannequins—but there are also shoppers scanning the market for goods that aren't displayed in the stalls. Tables lined with bottles of medicine like Tylenol and NyQuil have double-meanings to those in the know: The over-the-counter drugs on top provide cover for the prescription drugs smuggled over the border from nearby cities in Mexico. Those, the dealer keeps out of sight.

I’m here to look for a small, white, hexagonal pill called misoprostol. Also known as miso or Cytotec, the drug induces an abortion that appears like a miscarriage during the early stages of a woman’s pregnancy. For women living in Latin America and other countries that have traditionally outlawed abortion, miso has been a lifeline—it’s been called “a noble medication,” “world-shaking” and “revolutionary.” But now, it’s not just an asset of the developing world.

As policies restricting access to abortion roll out in Texas and elsewhere, the use of miso is quickly becoming a part of this country’s story. It has already made its way into the black market here in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, where abortion restrictions are tightening, and it is likely to continue its trajectory if anti-abortion legislation does not ease up and clinics continue to be closed.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Louisiana Abortion Law Temporarily Blocked

Loouisiana bortion law blockedA federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have...

Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed in Early Research

Fracking linked to birth defectsThe first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells...

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

NovartisA new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than...

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

Texas abortion lawA U.S. judge struck down parts of a law seen as restricting abortions in Texas, saying...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!