More women in Texas are going online to search for abortion pills
Plan C says their website shares information on how pregnant women can access abortion pills.
HOUSTON, Texas – Texas’ new abortion law has been in effect for over a week now, and it has left some women looking for other options to terminate their pregnancies.
A non-profit organization claims that some of these women go online.
In the days leading up to Texas’ new abortion law, a group of pro-choice supporters hit the road in Texas.
“To get the message across that we are taking this road trip so you don’t have to,” said Elisa Wells, co-founder of Plan C.
Wells says her website shares information on how pregnant women can access abortion pills, and after the new Texas law came into effect, traffic to the website increased.
“We have seen our website traffic through plancpills.org skyrocket, most of that traffic coming from Texas. People are looking for ways to access these pills, ”Wells said.
She says abortion pills are safe and can be taken up to 10 or 11 weeks pregnant. That’s a total of five pills, taken one or two days apart.
“After taking the second set of pills, you would expect to have bleeding and cramping, similar to a very heavy period,” Wells said.
Because Plan C only offers information, she says they are not concerned about possible legal proceedings against them.
“We provide research-based information that is free speech,” Wells said.
And says she also hasn’t heard of any online abortion pill vendors retreating from Texas.
But Texas Right to Life Vice President Elizabeth Graham says it’s sad and scary that women go online.
“This is a very negligent effort on the part of doctors in another state offering people remote chemical abortions,” Graham said.
Texas Right to Life says the new abortion law does not apply to physicians who are out of state, but they hope a new bill, Senate Bill 4, which bans the The shipment of abortion pills will go into effect soon and will prevent those who are out of state providers.
“The sanction under this law allows for extradition, so those outside the state remain accountable for our law,” said Rebecca Parma, senior legislative associate at Texas Right to Life.
But even then, Wells believes the online vendors will continue to ship their pills to Texas.
“They will continue to try to help people access care in any way they can, and I’m sure online pharmacies will continue,” Wells said.
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