Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Over 100,000 women in Texas have turned to the do it yourself method for ending a pregnancy. With clinics closing all over the state just imagine how that number will increase.

Courtesy of Think Progress:  

New research paints a bleak picture of what could be in store for U.S. women if the Supreme Court upholds an abortion law that makes it more difficult for health clinics to remain open. 

Somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 women of reproductive age living in Texas have tried to end their pregnancy entirely on their own, without any medical assistance, according to a group of policy researchers. Most of these women either used home remedies, like herbs or vitamins, or went across the border to Mexico to buy misoprostol, the drug used in U.S. clinics to terminate a pregnancy. 

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) — a research group based at the University of Texas that’s been tracking the state’s reproductive health policy over the past four years — released this information to illustrate the detrimental impact a recent slew of abortion clinics closures has had on its population. 

“As clinic-based care becomes harder to access in Texas, we can expect more women to feel that they have no other option and take matters into their own hands,” said Daniel Grossman, a TxPEP co-investigator and Professor in Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

"We're protecting the sanctity of human life" they say.

Well what about the lives of thousands of women which are now at risk due to their archaic attitudes toward reproduction rights?

Is the "sanctity" of their lives not worth protecting?

18 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Archaic Texas Laws Have Led Up To 240,000 Women To Perform Their Own Abortions

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/11/17/archaic-texas-laws-have-led-up-to-240000-women-to-perform-their-own-abortions/

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    1. Anonymous1:19 PM

      Texas Lawmaker will probably pass stricter laws that will arrest any woman of having a do-it-yourself abortion since abortion is illegal, self induced or otherwise.
      I'm a Texas but I don't tell many people.

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    2. Anonymous1:47 PM

      Abortion is LEGAL

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  2. Once again, the news gives another example of the right-wing agenda -- Ask what is the kindest, most humane thing to do? --- then make laws against it.

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  3. Anonymous12:46 PM

    "Is the "sanctity" of their lives not worth protecting?"

    'Pro-Birth' activist: No. God made women for child-bearing and to be submissive to male authority. Women who have sex without a willingness to bear a child and who think they have sovereignty over their own bodies deserve anything bad that might happen to them. Let them die; that's the idea behind laws restricting abortion.

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  4. Anonymous1:03 PM

    Answer to your question, no. They're poor, aren't loud, and probably don't vote so Republican lawmakers couldn't care less that women have begun to perform their own abortions.

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  5. Anonymous1:11 PM

    "Pro-lifers" are like comic book collectors. the product only has worth as long as it's in the original wrapper.

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  6. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Mission Accomplished!

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    1. Leland2:35 PM

      Yeah? Whose?

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    2. Leland, right wing scum.

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  7. Anonymous1:24 PM

    Anonymous @ 12:46 pm hit the nail on the head. The extreme far right don't give a damn about those slutty women They aren't "innocents" in their eyes and should be forced to give birth or suffer whatever consquences come. Truly the American Taliban.

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    1. Anonymous2:20 PM

      And of course the "slutty men" who were their partners have zero responsibility.

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  8. TwoBlueJays2:13 PM

    Gryphen, your headline isn't quite accurate - this hasn't occurred recently - the research is pointing out what COULD (and probably will) happen with restrictions on legal abortions in Texas. The word missing from the TP article is 'ever'. I went to look it up because no way in hell did they gather that much [statistical] data that fast on such a large group of women. So I went to read the TP article and then the UT study.

    What they said is that 'Abortion self-induction is not common in Texas, but it does occur. We estimate that somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 women age 18-49 in Texas have ever tried to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance.' The point that should be hammered home is that this is what has happened WITH medical and surgical abortions unrestricted. Women who found themselves pregnant were unable to access resources they needed when they were actually open, due to factors such as economics and geographic/travel issues.

    So what we can be afraid of if the SCOTUS moves to support such restrictions is a return to pre Roe v Wade conditions of self-induced abortions that were horribly common before 1973, in combination with a slow slide toward a 'Handmaids Tale' society.

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    1. Thanks Blue Jays I totally read that part wrong.

      I think my headline is better now.

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  9. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Seems nothing Roberts said in his nomination hearings was true.

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  10. Anonymous3:59 PM

    When does "Sanctity of life" begin? While you pause before playing, at conception? College Graduation? It's always the woman's responsibility, but Texas doesn't give a rats ass about women's health if this passes, and the ones who are hurt the most are the poor. Boycott Texas.

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  11. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Don't worry, Gryphen. I'm sure Texas will soon have a law that allows them to do pregnancy testing on women trying to cross the borders of the state so they can stop the pregnant ones from crossing.

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  12. Do you think they'll back track when women start dying from coat hanger abortions or using quack stuff like yew?

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