Last year, the Mexican Supreme Court decriminalized abortion. Now, as our regressive Supreme Court and cruel Republican politicians work feverishly to restrict abortion in the U.S., Mexico is stepping up to fill the void.
Mexican activists are planning to help shuttle Texans and other Americans seeking abortions into Mexico and to build networks to ferry abortion pills north of the border or send them by mail — something they’ve already started doing and now plan to expand (NY Times: “A Plan Forms in Mexico: Americans Get Abortions”).
In Nuevo Progreso, Mexico — just across the border from Weslaco, Texas — you can buy Mifepristone, which blocks the hormone needed for a pregnancy to continue; another drug, Misoprostol, causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus, over-the-counter.
The FDA has approved these drugs as safe and effective in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, but you can’t get them in the U.S. without a prescription. In Texas and other states, you can’t get that prescription after about six weeks, because anti-abortion zealots claim that that’s when you can detect a fetal heartbeat.
In the real world, it’s not a heartbeat, it’s faint electrical activity in the microscopic fetus, which is weeks away from having an organ with valves and chambers that would emit the sound we know as a heartbeat. [Incredibly, it’s the ultrasound machine that transforms that not-actuallly-a-heartbeat signal into an artificial heartbeat sound for the patient and ultrasound technician to hear.]
Much love to our sisters in Mexico. Aborting a pregnancy isn’t an easy decision. But the only person with the actual choice is the pregnant woman (with the help of the impregnator, family and friends if she wishes). Everyone else should butt the eff out – it’s none of your god damn business.