As US states restrict abortions, pro-choice lawmakers look to Mexico | The mighty 790 KFGO


MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Pro-choice U.S. lawmakers visiting Mexico said Americans are looking to their southern neighbor for access to abortion as some states tighten restrictions on the procedure and the Supreme Court should revoke the right to abortion.

“As Texas has stepped back into darkness, I am so grateful that so many people here in Mexico have opened their arms to pregnant Texans and helped them access the care they need,” said Texas State Representative Erin Zwiener at a press conference. Friday in the city of Monterrey, in northern Mexico.

Texas has one of the strictest abortion laws in the country, prohibiting the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.

State lawmakers traveled to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey this week to meet with choice advocates, who have made progress easing abortion restrictions in Mexico even as the United States has moved in the opposite direction.

“We have a lot to learn … from this Mexican model,” said Colorado State Senator Julie Gonzales.

In Mexico, activists have for years helped women circumvent abortion bans by providing information on how to induce medical abortion using readily available pills.

In the United States, where these pills are less widely available, medical abortion litigation is likely to take center stage if the Supreme Court reverses or reverses Roe v. Wade in 1973 which legalized abortion nationwide.

For women living along the border, Mexico offers another option, said Arizona State Senator Stephanie Stahl Hamilton.

“Viagra is much cheaper in Mexico, and men are willing to cross the border to get their prescriptions,” she said.

“One might wonder, if it’s good for men, why wouldn’t it be good for women?”

(Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener and Daniel Becerril in Monterrey; Editing by Sam Holmes)


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