Self-managed abortion is the term commonly used to describe when a person chooses to induce their own abortion outside a medical setting. Historically, self-managed abortion has had a place in many communities, especially rural parts of the country and along the border. Putting pills and information into the hands of people who need it most creates waves of autonomy for generations to come. Abortion pills have immense power!
Abortion Pills And The Law
In Texas, self-managing your abortion with pills is not illegal, but it is not completely legal either. There are no laws banning self-managed abortion explicitly in most states, except for Nevada and South Carolina. Texas has a few laws that legislates the way people obtain pills, like Senate Bill 4, which prohibits shipping abortion pills through the mail within Texas and if provided by a Texas physician, limits the pills’ use to the first 7 weeks of gestation. Some people have been criminalize for self-managing their abortions, typically Black and Latinx folks in the South. People have been reported to law enforcement by friends, family, and medical professionals.
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