‘We aren’t afraid’: Mexican activists risk jail time to help Americans get abortions

Activists plan to post abortion pills to women in US as restrictions multiply across country

Veronica Cruz, a leading reproductive rights activist in Mexico, in Guanajuato, Mexico. ‘We are willing to face criminalisation, because women’s lives matter more than the law,’ she said.  Photograph: Marian Carrasquero/The New York Times

Veronica Cruz, a leading reproductive rights activist in Mexico, in Guanajuato, Mexico. ‘We are willing to face criminalisation, because women’s lives matter more than the law,’ she said. Photograph: Marian Carrasquero/The New York Times

Verónica Cruz spent years defying the law in Mexico, helping thousands of women get abortions. Now that Mexico has declared that abortion is no longer a crime, Ms Cruz and activists like her are planning to bring their mission to a country moving in the opposite direction: the United States.

Abortion restrictions have been multiplying across the US for years, including just over Mexico’s border in Texas. Now the US supreme court is considering a case that could diminish or completely overrule Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion. That would likely set off new restrictions in at least 20 states.

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