Topic: Some Texas residents are stockpiling contraceptives and pregnancy tests after abortion ban
On Wednesday, a Texas law banning abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy went into effect, and some residents started stockpiling contraceptives immediately.
Minutes before midnight, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court denied an effort by abortion rights groups to halt the Texas law.
Makayla Montoya Frazier founded Buckle Bunnies Fund in April 2020, just after Texas Gov.Greg Abbott temporarily banned abortion during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Montoya Frazier’s organization focuses on funding abortion clinics and providing funds and transportation to those seeking abortions.
Now, Montaya Frazier and other volunteers are collecting contraceptives, pregnancy tests and Plan B pills for residents taking extra precautions. Plan B contains the hormone levonorgestrel, which can prevent ovulation, block fertilization or keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
As a sex worker, Montaya Frazier often stockpiles contraceptives and HIV test kits for fellow sex workers seeking extra protection. Her work then evolved into helping others obtain abortions, a process she herself has gone through.
Kat Smith, a volunteer for the Buckle Bunnies Fund, also created their own stockpile of contraceptives and pregnancy tests. Soon after the ban took effect, Smith offered supplies to anyone in need; she has since received dozens of requests viaTwitter.
Smith said dozens of people are worried they won’t detect their pregnancy at just six weeks, and are resorting to weekly tests and extra contraceptives as a result.
“At six weeks, most won’t know they’re pregnant,” Smith told USA TODAY. “So now so many are asking where they can get free tests and Plan B and more, because if you’re pregnant after six weeks in Texas, you’re given no options.”
The Texas abortion law bans abortions at around six weeks, but also allows private citizens to sue those abetting abortions. Under the law, private citizens can sue abortion providers and anyone involved in assisting someone in obtaining an abortion. Anyone who is successful in suing is entitled to $10,000, according to the law.
Amber Latoya, a Houston resident, said she said she took Montaya Frazier’s offer for free Plan B and contraceptives. Most Plan B packages range from $30-50, and birth control methods are at the most 99.9% effective. Latoya is scared her birth control will fail, she’ll realize she’s pregnant after six weeks, and be forced to carry a child she’s not ready for.
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