In Texas, a new law prohibits doctors from providing pills to induce abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy, and adds jail terms and a fine of up to $ 10,000 for anyone who sends or delivers the drug.
Legal experts say such laws could be challenged after the FDA ruling, but for now, such state measures could discourage U.S. doctors from sending pills to areas of the country with restrictive regulations.
“For the first time, Texas has a way to protect women, through our criminal law, from people bringing in unsafe abortion pills,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, an organization who helped develop the measure. “We will have to wait and see to what extent it is implemented in the coming months.”
Anti-abortion groups recognize that criminalizing activists who distribute the pills, especially if they come from Mexico, can be difficult. They should be captured and arrested in Texas, or extradited, experts say.
“This is a really terrible, lawless attack on life,” said John Seago, Texas Right to Life’s legislative director, of Mexican activists’ plan to help women in Texas have abortions. , adding that such efforts “would make it absolutely more difficult to do that, to enforce these laws.”
Dr Rebecca Gomperts, head of Aid Access, an Austria-based group that provides abortion pills to women around the world, confirmed that she is prescribing the drug to women in Texas – who then receive the drugs by mail from a pharmacy in India. – even after state law comes into effect this month.