Just as Texas has tightened its laws surrounding abortion, Mexico has gone the opposite direction, compelling people to seek potentially less safe procedures south of the border.
Published Apr. 20, 2022
By Colleen DeGuzman, Kaiser Health News
Veronica Hernandez, manager of Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen, has long
worried about the patients she sees walk in through the front door. Now,
though, her concern is focused on those she doesn’t see.
A Texas law that went into effect in September outlaws abortions after cardiac
activity is detected in an embryo, usually at six weeks of pregnancy, and is
considered the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The law, which the
Supreme Court has so far refused to block, makes no exception for victims of
rape or incest and does not call on public officials to enforce it. Instead, it
allows private citizens and groups to sue anyone who has provided an abortion
or aided someone seeking an abortion in Texas. If the private citizens win the
case, they are entitled to damages of at least $10,000.