In Mexico, feminists are mobilizing to help American women have abortions

Soft toys, filled with abortion pills, which cross the border between Mexico and the United States. Apartments, in New York or San Francisco, serving as depots. Houses welcoming, on the Mexican side, American women who wish to terminate their pregnancy. So many means deployed by feminist collectives, which are mobilizing in cross-border networks, to counter the recent cancellation by the Supreme Court of the United States of the constitutional right to abortion.

Requests are explodingnotes Vanessa Rubalcava, member of the organization Necesito Abortar (“I need an abortion”), based in Monterrey, in northern Mexico. We receive more than 100 requests per week from the United States, compared to a handful before June 24. » On that day, the highest American court put an end to the right to abortion at the federal level, guaranteed for half a century, returning to the States the task of legislating. Since then, abortion is in the process of being abolished or restricted in nearly half of the country. “ On June 24, we received over 70 applications from desperate women recalls the forty-something graphic designer who manages the NGO, created in 2016. Most of its seventeen members live in Monterrey (State of Nuevo Leon), an industrial city located less than three hours by road from Laredo and McAllen, Texas. The American State was one of the first to prohibit, on June 24, abortion from the conception of the fetus.

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Women contact us through messaging or social media for medical abortionsexplains Rubalcava. The service is free. Anonymity guaranteed. » Most exchanges remain virtual. The kits are delivered to your home. The logistics seem well established: members of the collective, who have an American visa, spend in the United States stamps of Misoprostol and Mifepristone, with abortifacient properties. These drugs are sold over the counter in Mexican pharmacies while they require a prescription in the United States.

Banks of pills

Once across the border, the pills are received in Texas and then stored elsewhere in the United States. “We are building “banks” of pills in private individuals. The stamps are then sent (usually) by courier across the country. They are also delivered by hand in parks or cafes. The support then takes place remotely through messaging or video calls. ” It’s simple and safe: twelve pills are to be taken, four every three hours. » Misoprostol and Mifepristone are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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