Texans are learning to live with a new anti-abortion law, which will shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The law bans abortion after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, restricts the use of the abortion drug RU-486 and requires clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. For the border region of the Rio Grande Valley, this means women will have little choice but to turn to dangerous alternatives to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. In the Mexican town of Matamoros a costumed grandfatherly pharmacist dances in the street to attract customers onto a boulevard lined with pharmacies. This is where women from Texas come looking for a pill that will terminate their unwanted pregnancies. A pharmacist that didn’t want to be identified says he’s heard of the new anti-abortion laws passed in Texas, but he says that won’t stop what’s become a profitable trade in this Mexican border town. According to the International Women’s Health Coalition, misoprostol is widely used around the world as a black market method to end a pregnancy. “They can get [a pill] at any pharmacy because that medication is not a contra medication – we can sell it without a prescription, so, on any pharmacy. But misused, it can cause severe abdominal pain and complications. Infections,” explains Patricio Gonzalez, the CEO of Planned Parenthood in the Rio Grande Valley. “It’s unsupervised medically, and they don’t know what pills they are really getting. Misoprostol was used by women across Mexico to induce abortion even before 2007, when first-trimester abortion was legalized in Mexico City. Pharmacy vendors' misoprostol recommendation practices across subregions of Mexico after abortion legalization warrant examination. Overall, 192 pharmacies in four regions of Mexico were randomly selected and visited by simulated clients presenting three scenarios (a young woman, an adult woman and a male partner). Bivariate and multivariate analyses were used to explore associations between pharmacy, vendor and client characteristics and drug access. In 558 encounters with simulated clients, 78% of vendors provided information about misoprostol—18% recommended it spontaneously and 60% recommended it only after the client asked specifically for the drug. Fifteen percent of vendors recommended a potentially effective misoprostol dosing regimen. Mexico City–based pharmacies and those in the Central region were significantly less likely than those in the North region to require a prescription to sell misoprostol (odds ratios, 0.2 and 0.3, respectively). income areas were significantly more likely to sell misoprostol by the pill than chain pharmacies and those in medium-income areas (3.2 and 2.7, respectively).
Next Generation Meetings har sedan starten 2004 följt, diskuterat och stått för utvecklingen inom mötesindustrin. Årets tema Freaky Format, följer den trend som mötesvärlden handlar om just nu, att sticka ut och dra allt till sin spets; att vara freaky. In August 2004, Gabriela Flores, a 22-year-old farmworker in Pelion, South Carolina, learned she was pregnant. Flores already had three children—one living with her and two back in her native Mexico—and told a friend that she did not want to have another baby. Less than two months later, according to police reports, she took five pills that her sister had sent from Mexico. Six hours later, she miscarried her five-month-old fetus in her bedroom. The drug she took was misoprostol, also known by the brand name Cytotec, a prescription ulcer medication introduced in the 1980s that can cause pregnant women to miscarry. This unintended side effect has quietly transformed the pill into an increasingly popular abortifacient. Since 2000, misoprostol has been used with little fanfare in conjunction with the abortion pill Mifepristone, commonly referred to as RU-486.
Jul 26, 2013. In the Mexican town of Matamoros a costumed grandfatherly. Abortion is illegal in Mexico. The women come to buy the drug misoprostol. Moved Permanently. The document has moved here.