In South Texas, some women are relying on a medication they can purchase over the counter in unregulated Mexican pharmacies to end their pregnancies. They believe these pills — commonly used as an ulcer drug — will work as abortion pills available without ever having to set foot in clinics at home.

As colleges and universities around the state prepare to implement a meningococcal vaccine requirement that stymied many of them last year, they are wary that they may encounter similar problems because there has not been a chance to make important changes to the law that even its supporters are pushing for.

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