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“Dr.” Amanda Marcotte prescribes: Have your abortion at a Mexican flea market

November 4, 2013

Dr. Amanda is upset that a federal appeals court ruled that it was perfectly constitutional for Texas to require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital–just like all other reputable, non-quack doctors anyone would want to go to for any other medical procedure:

On Monday, District Court Judge Lee Yeakel found that the new abortion regulation requiring doctors to have hospital admitting privileges was unconstitutional. Last night, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, ruling that the law can go into effect immediately while it’s working its way through the courts. That means that, as of Friday morning, up to a third of abortion clinics in the state—many in rural areas—will have to close their doors.

Judge Yeakel blocked the hospital admitting requirement, writing that the provision is “without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus.” The Fifth Circuit disagreed, claiming the regulations are there for the same reason any medical regulations are, for patient safety.

“Patient safety”? What a quaint idea!

In order to consider, one must have a choice, and for women who cannot afford to travel for hours and take multiple days off work to get an abortion now that the closest clinic is closed, choice is removed from the equation. For those women, the better phrase is “forced to give birth instead.”

Dr. Amanda’s prescription for women denied an unsafe abortion in Texas: Have an even unsafer abortion in Mexico:

Other women will decide that, since the state has removed legal abortion as an option for them, inducing miscarriage at home—usually through ulcer medications brought over from Mexican pharmacies—will be preferable to suffering childbirth they have already considered and decided they do not want. This method is largely effective if done correctly, but unfortunately information to do it correctly is hard to find.

Here’s how that works:

At an open-air flea market outside McAllen, Texas (BEESTX), near the Mexican border, shoppers can buy a goat and get their car windows tinted. Tables with handwritten signs touting Viagra (MDPSVIAG) are stocked with herbal remedies promising to burn fat and boost breast size. You can also find pills to end a pregnancy.


William West, a physician at Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen, said he sees patients daily who have taken black-market abortion drugs. Many are bleeding or still pregnant, he said.

“It’s hard to know how successful it really is — we just see the failures,” said West, 77, who has been performing abortions for 31 years.

Dr. Amanda also puts in a plug for single-issue (abortion) Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.


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