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Sandra Cardona, sits during a meeting at her home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on June 27, 2022. Sandra and her wife Vanessa Jiménez, not pictured, are part of a network called, “Necesito abortar,” ‘I need to have an abortion’ and they have turned an upstairs room into “La Abortería,” ‘the abortion place’ where people that are seeking to terminate their pregnancy can take the abortion inducing pills in comfort and privacy. Them along with other volunteers provide what they call accompaniment to people that have these kind of abortions by being there for emotional support, to provide information, and or assistance while the person goes through this process. 
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En México, grupos de voluntarias ayudan a tener abortos en casa, sin personal médico. Este modelo de aborto ha llegado a Texas.

Antes de que el aborto fuera legal en algunos estados de México, los grupos de “acompañamiento” establecieron un sistema de apoyo para que las mujeres interrumpieran sus embarazos en casa. Ahora, estos grupos están ayudando a trasladar al norte de la frontera medicamento para abortar y a replicar este modelo en los Estados Unidos.

A view of Mexico City, Mexico on June 30, 2022.
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Surge el modelo de acompañamiento

Pro-reproductive rights activists place banners across the U.S. Embassy in response to the court case Roe v. Wade being overturned in Mexico City, Mexico on June 29, 2022.
Alessandra Flores, who was passing by while celebrating her quinceaños, turning 15, stops to pose for a photo holding a green bandana in support of reproductive rights across the the U.S. Embassy in response to the court case Roe v. Wade being overturned in Mexico City, Mexico on June 29, 2022. Behind Alessandra a banner that reads in Spanish, “Alive and free in Mexico,” is seen.
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Pro-reproductive rights activists place banners across the U.S. Embassy in response to the court case Roe v. Wade being overturned in Mexico City, Mexico on June 29, 2022.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
Vanessa Jiménez, leads a training related to accompaniment for people who decide to have an abortion at her home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on June 27, 2022. Vanessa Jiménez, and her wife Sandra Cardona, not pictured, are part of a network called, “Necesito abortar,” ‘I need to have an abortion’ and they have turned an upstairs room into “La Abortería,” ‘the abortion place’ where people that are seeking to terminate their pregnancy can take the abortion inducing pills in comfort and privacy. Them along with other volunteers provide what they call accompaniment to people that have these kind of abortions by being there for emotional support, to provide information, and or assistance while the person goes through this process. 
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune

“En nuestras propias manos”

Sandra Cardona left, and her wife Vanessa Jiménez, pose for a photo at their home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on June 27, 2022. They are part of the network “Necesito abortar,” ‘I need to have an abortion’ and they have turned an upstairs room into “La Abortería,” ‘the abortion place’ where people that are seeking to terminate their pregnancy can take the abortion inducing pills in comfort and privacy. Them along with other volunteers provide what they call accompaniment to people that have these kind of abortions by being there for emotional support, to provide information, and or assistance while the person goes through this process.
“La Abortería” ‘The Abortion Place’ is seen at Sandra Cardona’s and Vanessa Jiménez’s home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on June 27, 2022. Vanessa Jiménez says that, “That autonomy of living it [the abortion experience] as you feel most comfortable, you are not going to experience that in a clinic. Here you can cry, you can watch Netflix, you can sleep.” The room has a private bathroom, a small kitchen, a sofa, rocking chair and a desk. When Vanessa explains how simple the process of having an abortion with pills is, she says of the people in the U.S. that, “Once they realize that it [the power to have an abortion] is in their hands they won’t be able to stop them.” 
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Sandra Cardona, hands a package to a delivery man that contains pills to induce an abortion which are being mailed to a person that needs it near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on June 27, 2022. Sandra and her wife Vanessa Jiménez, not pictured, are part of a network called, “Necesito abortar,” ‘I need to have an abortion’ and they have turned an upstairs room into “La Abortería,” ‘the abortion place’ where people that are seeking to terminate their pregnancy can take the abortion inducing pills in comfort and privacy. Them along with other volunteers provide what they call accompaniment to people that have these kind of abortions by being there for emotional support, to provide information, and or assistance while the person goes through this process. 
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
“El Cerro de la Silla,” ‘The hill of the Saddle’ which is one of Monterrey’s most recognized landmarks is seen in Monterrey, Mexico on June 28, 2022. 
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A message that reads in Spanish, “Get your rosaries out of our ovaries” is seen in downtown Monterrey, Mexico on June 28, 2022. 
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People walk in the downtown area in Monterrey, Mexico on June 28, 2022. 
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Messages left by patients at Acércatefem, a women’s health clinic, where one of the services that they provide are abortions, are seen in Mexico City, Mexico on June 29, 2022.
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Por una vía o por otra

A white and pink van with messages that appear to provide abortions is seen parked at the entrance of a maternity hospital where legal abortions are performed in Mexico City, Mexico on July 1, 2022. Inside the hospital, not seen in this picture, are signs informing that information modules outside of the hospital do not belong to the city’s secretary of health. It is said that the people in these information modules instead of providing information about having a safe abortion as their messages state, once inside they end up trying to persuade people to continue with their pregnancy.
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A sign that reads in Spanish, “Health is a human right. The legal interruption of a pregnancy is your right. Information, orientation, attention and accompaniment for women that request a legal interruption of a pregnancy will be given exclusively inside the hospital,” is seen at the entrance of Inguarán Maternity Hospital in Mexico City, Mexico on July 1, 2022. It is said that the people in information modules outside of the hospital instead of providing information about having a safe abortion as their messages state, once inside they try to persuade people to continue with their pregnancy.
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Pills that are given to induce an abortion which remain under lock at the pharmacy are seen at the Inguarán Maternity Hospital in Mexico City, Mexico on July 1, 2022. 
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A message that reads in Spanish, “We all love someone who’s had an abortion,” is projected on a building by Marea Verde, a pro-reproductive rights organization in response to the court case Roe v. Wade being overturned in Mexico City, Mexico on June 29, 2022.
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