Fault Lines - Access Restricted: Abortion in Texas - full episode

September 8, 2015 4:15PM ET

Fault Lines travels to Texas to investigate why some women are taking abortion into their own hands


Texas has passed some of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the U.S. By September, only six abortion clinics are expected to remain in a state that has 70,000 abortions a year. Fault Lines travels to Texas to find out what’s behind the legislation and how it is affecting women’s lives.

In this episode we meet a 23-year old woman named Melissa who self-induces an abortion because she lives in an area of Texas that no longer has any abortion clinics. She says it’s a financial burden to travel 300 miles round trip to reach the closest abortion clinic. Instead, Melissa traveled 30 minutes to Mexico where she bought a medication called Misoprostal. It’s normally used to treat ulcers, but she took it to end her pregnancy.

Fault Lines re-traces Melissa’s steps traveling to Mexico to find out how a woman in her position would acquire  Misoprostal without a prescription, examines what options are available to undocumented women who are unable to cross the border and live in areas with no abortion clinics, and speaks with advocates on both side of the debate over access to abortions in Texas.

Original air date: April 26, 2014


Executive Producer: Mathieu Skene, Senior Producers: Reem Akkad @reemakkad, Correspondent: Josh Rushing @joshrushing, Producer: Laila Al-Arian @LailaAlarian, Director of Photography: Victor Suarez @tadashi_lives, Editor: Warwick Meade @warwickmeade, Original Concept: Sweta Vohra @svohra, Associate Producer: Nafeesa Syeed @nafeesasyeed, Production Manager: Amma Prempeh, Senior Digital Producer: Kristen Taylor @kthread, Associate Digital Producer: Danielle Powell @DanielleJenene, Research and Production Assistance: VZahra Rasool @RXahra, Melissa Etehad @melissaetehad, Special Thanks to Melissa Arjona, Paul Abowd @paulabowd

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