An abortion facility in New Mexico decided to mark the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22 by handing out free abortion pills to its clients.
Dr. Franz Theard owns the Women’s Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The facility sits on the Texas border and it works to attract a number of patients from nearby El Paso. Free abortion pills are a way to lure women to the facility in New Mexico, as a Texas law limiting abortion pill use to the first seven weeks of pregnancy went into effect in December. “We want to help all women protect their reproductive rights,” Theard told the El Paso Times. “Residents of East Texas are under duress from the new abortion law. We want to help. We are fortunate to live minutes from the blue state of New Mexico where reproductive choice is legal.”
Despite Theard’s flippant attitude in distributing the abortion pills, research has proven that these drugs are extremely dangerous to women, with studies showing that the abortion pill is four times more dangerous than first-trimester surgical abortion. Research has shown that approximately six percent of women who take the pill require emergency treatment for complications. One study found that emergency room visits due to abortion pill complications skyrocketed 507% between 2002 and 2015.
There is a reason that many states, like Texas, have put restrictions on abortion pill use — the pills result in the death of the preborn child and are also risky for the mother.
This is not the first time that Theard and his abortion facility have been in the news. In 202o, a woman suffered a twice-botched abortion at the Santa Teresa facility. According to reports, the woman first took the abortion pill, but when it didn’t work, she returned to the facility for a surgical abortion. That abortion was botched, and she later delivered her deceased baby at home. When she returned to the facility for answers, the facility had both the client and her husband arrested.
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