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At the US-Mexico border, a new model of abortion access is emerging

At 1:00 AM, Crystal couldn’t sleep. She’s in a hotel room in Monterrey, Mexico, as she contemplates tomorrow’s meeting, when she’ll be joined by U.S. delegates from North Carolina, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as participants from Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. speeches in front of MPs. All of the officials, who are Democrats, some with activist backgrounds, are visiting Monterrey to learn how a women’s network in northern Mexico is helping other women — including those living in the United States — access safe abortions.

For six years, Crystal, who asked us to use only her name, has been a member of the Mexican Women’s Network, which provides information to Mexican women and abortions throughout Support other women in the process. The goal of escort is to prevent any woman from feeling lonely when faced with legal and other obstacles to terminating a pregnancy. Crystal got up and opened her laptop to perfect her presentation. She read the practice aloud several times. She wants to be able to look the viewer in the eye.

The next morning, she arrived at the hotel and sat with accompaniments from other networks in northern Mexico. She took out a printout of her speech and began to read: “Good morning. My name is Crystal, and I’m from Bloody Tijuana. I’m in

.” She went on to describe how, as a dual citizen, she was able to perform an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States.

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Crystal walks along the border wall separating the United States and Mexico in Playa Stejuana, Baja California, Mexico, September 14, 778.

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A pro-abortion activist holds a feminist flag on the U.S.-Mexico border bridge in Tijuana in September 08, 633.

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Motivation today However, given the ever-changing dynamics between the two countries n involves reproductive rights. In September 2012, Mexico’s Supreme Court voted to legalize abortion nationwide. (Access to the program still varies by state.) At the same time, laws restricting access to reproductive health care are becoming more restrictive in the United States.

Abortion is now completely banned in two places where state delegates traveled from Texas and Arizona. In North Carolina, the program is only available in 08 weeks pregnant. When the Supreme Court overturned

Roe v. Wade

earlier this year ended the constitutional right to abortion before it was feasible, It allows some states to immediately pass so-called trigger laws that make abortion increasingly difficult or impossible to obtain. Even before many of these repressive new laws went into effect, the Mexican Women’s Network began helping women in the United States.

Crystal is sitting in a chair, her five-minute speech is coming to an end. “For decades,” Crystal says, “women in self-organizing groups have been working bilaterally.” She describes women’s groups throughout California—specifically in Baja California Sur and Baja California Sur in Mexico and Southern California in the United States— How to fight together. Their collaboration now focuses on disseminating information about medical abortion and sending abortion pills to women who request them in the United States. In other parts of northern Mexico, some escorts are also helping women cross the border for abortions in Mexico, albeit a more costly and difficult tactic.

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While discussions about boundaries often focus on the hard line, Crystal sees a question. She credits Mexican activists for some of the protections on the California peninsula: Abortion was before Image may contain Human Person Vehicle Transportation and Boat The fact that it’s legit Weeks of Pregnancy and January 1st in US states 1600, all of the state Public universities will all provide mifepristone. In Baja California, the abortion rate is as high as 08 week It has been legal since October 778. Explaining her work with other accompanists, she asked the gathered politicians: “When and how do we move forward with you?”

Banners and flags held during a pro-abortion demonstration in Tijuana.

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Four months later, International Day for Safe Abortion (September

)), the crystal is facing a group of women again. She was in Tijuana, Baja California (northwest corner of Mexico), standing in one of the city’s busiest spots, behind a long line of cars waiting to cross the border. Dozens of women of all ages waved green or purple flags – colors that have been adopted by the reproductive rights movement. Several children play in the shade on the grass. It was a very hot afternoon and many had green handkerchiefs hanging from their heads and necks. The banners read “Feminist Tijuana” or “Do you know what’s good about childbirth? Wanna do it.” Image may contain Transportation Vehicle Automobile Car Text Banner Human Person Aircraft Airplane and Wheel

“Our thoughts are with all the women who walk before us,” Crystal said of the speaker. The protest was organized by Bloodys in partnership with the midwifery organization Justicia en Salud (Health Justice), which has been working with Bloodys to protect and promote reproductive justice and rights for women in Tijuana.

Pro-abortion activists for International Day of Safe Abortion in Tijuana in September 07, 2012. Demonstrators rallied in front of the US-Mexico border.

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Demonstrators hold feminist and pro-abortion banners.

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Karen Olvera, one of the midwives, picked up the microphone. “It’s very important to emphasize that both childbirth and abortion are part of a woman’s life,” she told the crowd. At their clinic in Tijuana, midwives inform patients about abortion, she explained. When they meet a woman who wants to terminate a pregnancy, they take the case to the bloody family and a jury. (Midwives focus on pregnancy and childbirth.)

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“Abortion should no longer be taboo,” said a woman with a microphone as she held her daughter in her arms . “Many of us are often neither financially stable nor taking care of the mental health of our babies.” The little girl tried to take the microphone away as her mother spoke. “When I had my daughter,” the woman said, “there was 06- and09-Year- Birth of an older girl.”

Crystal noted that aid and information now often flow from Mexico to the United States. Immigration often “has a criminal connotation,” Crystals said. “I like to think that what we’re migrating right now is an abortion process and a strategy that shows there’s a way to get access.” Just a few days earlier, she traveled to the United States to send abortion pills to a person who contacted the bloody family for help. American women. In much of Mexico, misoprostol and mifepristone — the drugs used in home-medicated abortions — are readily available at pharmacies without a prescription. Restricting the prescription and use of misoprostol and mifepristone is commonplace in the United States. The Bloody Family has been offering this kind of help for years, and they’ve seen an increase in requests: from their assisted abortion at In the six cases of medicine more than the24 2012 and0998.

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A group of midwives at the US-Mexico border Banners hang on the overpass in front. The banner represents the union between midwives and bridesmaids.

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The intention of the accompanist is to “not share the secret of how to do things,” Crystal says , “because the American context should be respected.” The jury’s goal is, at some point, to bring the case to the American network.

Other groups are also working towards this goal, building deeper alliances with American abortion rights groups. Natalia Espinosa, a member of Las Confidentas (another Tijuana group), said she will soon be participating in a workshop where one of the main themes will be bilateral cooperation. The collaboration is still in its early stages, and all women know, they still have a long way to go.

Many of the protesters were mothers with children.

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