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Web Editors' Choice 2013

By The Editors - 2013-12-24T19:48:39Z

Photograph by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

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Back to Underground Abortions

Esmé Deprez went to the Lower Rio Grande Valley intending to look at the likely consequences of Texas’s new limits on abortion clinics. When she got there, she found that it wasn’t a question of what closing clinics would do in the future: women in the poorest parts of Texas were already turning to dangerous alternatives. Unable to afford abortions, they’d turned to an anti-ulcer drug to induce miscarriage. As Deprez discovered, a trip across the Mexican border was no longer needed -- the drug was now sold right in the stalls of Texas flea markets. About four months after Deprez’s story, Texas’s new anti-abortion laws, ostensibly aimed at protecting women’s health, went into effect, leading the last legal clinics in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to stop providing abortions.