"A lot of women don't understand what the law is, and that they lost access to the clinic," Gifford said. "We find ourselves educating a lot of our callers right now. And they're either astonished or they're frantic because they're not sure what they're going to do."The Whole Woman's Health clinics in Austin and Beaumont closed entirely, but until last Friday, the clinics in McAllen and Beaumont were still performing abortions. Those clinics are still seeing patients for post-operative care.
'Women who don't have the means to travel hundreds and hundreds of miles have been doing self-induced abortions, using medication over the Internet, or traveling across the border to Mexico.'
Dr. Dan Grossman, vice president for research at IBIS Reproductive Health, told VICE News that he has been surveying Texas women to determine whether self-induced abortion rates will rise in response to the state's near-eradication of abortion services.
'We certainly have been hearing anecdotal stories in our surveys about women attempting to self-induce by anything from taking herbs to throwing themselves down the stairs or getting punched in the stomach.'