Black Market Abortion Pills Cost

in Substance Abuse

In an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, it was reported that women in Texas are able to purchase abortion pills on the black market. The pills, sold under the brand name Cytotec, requires a prescription and is prescribed by doctors to prevent stomach ulcers. The pill has also been shown to induce abortions.

Women in Texas purchase the pills near the Mexican border for $40. If the woman were to go to a legitimate family planning center, a pharmaceutical abortion would cost $550.

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Source:  Esme E. Deprez, “Texas Threat to Abortion Clinics Dodged at Flea Markets,” Bloomberg Businessweek, July 11, 2013.

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