The Broke Abortion Pill Drug Dealer

Last week Jezebel published a piece by a woman who buys misoprostol and mifepristone—2 pills that induce first trimester abortions—from pharmacies overseas and then sends the pills to desperate women who contact her via email. She doesn’t charge for the pills, though some people do send her PayPal payments. So far she’s spent $1,000. Importing the pills is legal; distributing them is not. RH Reality Check has a follow-up interview with the woman where she reveals that she is currently unemployed and has lived “near or below the poverty line” for most of her adult life. Asked why she would risk everything to help strangers, she answered, “As far as the financial security aspect goes, you can’t risk something you’ve never had.”

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