Monday, July 15, 2013

Flea Markets and trips to Mexico may replace soon to close women's health clinics in Texas. No I am not kidding.

Courtesy of Salon:  

The Texas Senate voted late Friday night to approve a sweeping abortion measure that could force 37 of the state’s 42 abortion providers to close, leading some reproductive health advocates in the state to predict — with growing concern — that Texas women may be forced to seek dangerous alternatives to terminate unwanted pregnancies without medical supervision. 

One of those options, as the New York Times reports, is crossing the border to Mexico to obtain an “abortion pill,” misoprostol, which is sold in boxes of 28 pills with little information from pharmacists about how to safely use the drug. For women who can’t travel out of the state or cross border checkpoints — low-income women without the financial resources to travel, undocumented women and others — another alternative is obtaining these pills from Texas flea markets, where they are quietly sold under the table. 

With the new law threatening to shutter clinics and limit supervised access to medicinal abortion, “the only option left for many women will be to go get those pills at a flea market,” Lucy Felix, a community educator with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, told the Times. “Some of them will end up in the E.R.”

I wonder how the Texas legislators will feel after it is determined that their actions saved few fetuses, but did result in the deaths of perfectly healthy women?

Oh I'm sorry I forgot, in Texas women are only valued for their ability to produce offspring.

You know, like cattle.


  1. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Oh Gryph. It doesn't matter. The woman that will die because of this are not the pure lily white upper middle class woman that matter. These are the women on the fringe or poor or a minority. Not one drop of sweat will be shed by the rethugs.

    1. WakeUpAmerica5:07 PM

      And it will be the daughters away at college of these legislators. Watch what happens when one of their own daughters dies.

    2. Anonymous6:39 PM

      The rich or connected don't have a problem going out of state to take care of business.

    3. Maple8:23 PM

      They don't even have to go out of state; an obliging ob/gyn simply performs a "medically necessary" D&C.....

  2. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Yup, yup, that's exactly where I want to get my medication from - a Texas flea market.

    And you know what the response will be from the right wing to any women who might die from illegal abortions.

    "She deserved it. The hussy should have kept her legs together if she didn't want a baby like GOOD women do."

  3. It's just a damned good thing those pills exist...until we can get all those bastards out of office.

  4. WakeUpAmerica5:06 PM

    In Texas, women are merely penis receptacles or "vags" for short.

  5. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Maybe a lot of women should stand their ground when those bastards come near them, and aim for their privites

  6. ibwilliamsi6:11 PM

    This is how they do dental care in Texas. They're used to it. They make me sick.

  7. Anonymous6:37 PM

    "I wonder how the Texas legislators will feel after it is determined that their actions saved few fetuses, but did result in the deaths of perfectly healthy women?"

    The Texas legislators will not feel one pang of guilt or sorrow because they will say it serves the women right for taking illegal drugs. Or even, "You play, you pay."

    1. Anonymous10:57 PM

      It's obvious this isn't for the health of women. Rick Perry's sister and other cronies will benefit...that's why they are trying to herd all the women like cattle into these 5 areas where the clinics will remain open. It's a sad time in Texas.
      Now that Abbott has announced his candidacy, we are really in trouble, he's just a chip off Perry's block...maybe worse. He received 10 million in a lawsuit when a "tree" fell on him and he was paralyzed...then when he got into office, he supported Tort reform! I can't wait to see the Democrat's candidates. I hope Davis and Castro are in the pool. Texans, its time for a big change!

  8. The pharmacies in Mexico sell the same drugs we buy here. Many of the drugs are made there in factories or in other countries. When I lived in NM on the border close to Texas the health care professionals I worked with told me that is where people generally buy their meds. So, I went to Palomas Mexico and checked it out, yep same meds in the same boxes and containers, with different words or the same words on the packages. The difference is you don't need a prescription to buy them in Mexico and back then the border guards checked nothing, I have no idea if they do now or not. For a one time med like Misoprostol all one has to do is just take it before going back into the US. One day I went through the border crossing and no guards were there, I stood there yelling, "Hello" over and over for quite a while. They just waved me on. I also went to a dentist in Mexico which turned out to be a bad idea and got glasses which turned out to be a good idea.

    1. I've spent many years in Mexico over the last three decades. Celia is absolutely right. I recall a friend in Cozumel who used this unknown pill around 1984 to terminate a pregnancy. I had no idea what it was then and wondered how come nobody in the States knew about it.

      The amount of money a person can save by getting their meds over the counter in Mexico is amazing, and as of three years ago (last time I was there), there was absolutely no problem bringing them back if you were not blatantly obvious about it.

      Incidentally, there are some very good dentists in Mexico, and for the price of a crown or two, you can get your dental work done and have a great vacation with the rest of the money.

  9. Anonymous6:37 PM

    I lived in Texas when girls went to Mexico for abortions. There were maternity homes but I don't recall too many going there. No Flea Market abortions in those days. I am having a hard time processing this. Texas is falling back that far? Tell me it isn't so. Who is next?

  10. Anonymous6:54 PM

    I have my tribes recipe for an abortion meds made with natures own medicines. I asked my Mom why I needed to memorize this, she said time will come again that women will need this knowledge. After walking and protesting for these rights the first time I am appalled by the non reaction of our young ladies in society. Mark my words, the birth control will be next. Then maybe our daughters will stand up.

    1. Yeah. i know the herbs too. But that is also available for tampering,

  11. Beldar J Conehead8:09 PM

    Why does Amercia hate women?

    Did mama withhold her teat when you were a baby, Congressman? Did girls in high school reject your Defcon 5 acne, Teavangelicals? Did some he-she prostitute laugh at your micro-penis, Governor?

    Even if the answers to these questions are all yes, it doesn't justify your war on women.

    CUT IT OUT!!

  12. Been in Texas. You are not wrong.



    Waldo L. Fielding was an obstetrician and gynecologist in Boston for 38 years.

    "I am a retired gynecologist, in my mid-80s. My early formal training in my specialty was spent in New York City, from 1948 to 1953, in two of the city’s large municipal hospitals."

    "The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it."

    There is much more on the link and sadly I have personally witnessed some of this and a lot more from desperate women.

  14. Randall6:34 AM

    But that's what Jesus wants - he said so.

  15. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Pretty soon, women having their periods will be forced to stay hidden again so them menfolk won't have to think about all that icky stuff.

    Say good-bye to the 21st Century.
    Welcome back to the 12th Century.

    1. Anonymous8:00 AM

      I can't wait until the GOP decides to ban hysterectomies for any woman under the age of 80. That's the next step.

  16. I lean conservative, but try to read a variety of sources from all sides (including this blog), and try to do my own research, so that I can make up my own mind about ... well, everything.

    I have read some of the articles posted here, but have a few questions, if I may.

    I truly want to understand the specifics that this bill has that forces the abortion clinics to close. I notice that there is a lot of angry folks (understandably, in many cases) on both sides, and am asking on more than one blog. I haven't had a chance to read the bill, but will as soon as I can have longer that 5 minutes to sit and research. I can check back later today, for responses.


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