Texas women are turning to a Mexican volunteer network for access to abortion treatments

On the day that Roe v. Wade was overthrown, Necesito Abortar had 70 women from the United States notify him on Facebook. Many of the women who request abortions are from Texas.

Austin, Texas – Editor’s Note: Quotations are translated from Spanish.

From her home in Mexico, Sandra Cardona Alanís helps women perform abortions in their own homes.

“We are not second-class citizens and no one has any reason to deny us the right to make decisions about our bodies,” Cardona Alanís said.

Cardona Alanís founded the volunteer network Necesito Abortion with its co-founder six years ago, introduced women in Mexico to abortion drugs online and over the phone.

For Cardona Alanís, it’s personal because she knows how these women feel.

“My abortion was due to a rape because my ex-partner hit me,” she said. “So I don’t want a woman to be unable to have an abortion for any reason.”

The group had always focused on ministering to Mexican women, but on the day Roe v. Wade, they received an influx of social media messages from women across the United States.

“On the day the verdict was passed, we received more than 70 messages. The women panicked, they were afraid. Seventy messages on Facebook,” she said over the phone.”

She said many of the women weren’t actually pregnant but wanted the drug, just in case. Some were afraid to even say the word abortion because of state abortion laws in the United States.

“You don’t mention the word abortion,” she said. “You don’t mention, ‘I want to terminate my pregnancy.’ They are very afraid.”

So many Americans now call Necesito Abortar that she created two new positions to focus solely on helping American women. The voluntary organization consists of a total of 20 people.

“The phone calls started, people spoke English and we can’t speak English,” she said of the first calls from women in the United States. “They wrote, very scared, very desperate.”

Many of the women texting and calling are straight from Texas.

“A lot, a lot,” she said of Texas women reaching out for help. “We sent them the medicines, others came. Those who can come, do. Others have sent someone or have family here,” she said.

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She said that the drugs Necesito Abortar will be erased by the World Health Organization (WHO) considered safe for home use. The drugs they use are mifepristone and misoprostol, which are FDA-approved as safe for home use even up to ten weeks after the onset of pregnancy. Although she knows it’s illegal to ship abortion pills to Texas, she believes other laws protect her.

“That’s right,” she said. “There’s a law like that, but there’s also a law that protects people’s privacy and they can’t pick up the mail.”

In some Mexican states, women can access certain abortion pills without a prescription.

“It’s sold in a pharmacy.” She said. “In fact, there are women who go across the border and buy it in Mexican pharmacies. So easy.”

Easy for those who can get there. For those who cannot, she said Necesito Abortar is there to help them access abortion treatments.

“I think no woman should be left without her rights and that is a right,” she said.

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Laura Coffey

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