To fight abortion stigma, frame it as healthcare

To fight abortion stigma, frame it as healthcare
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Two decades ago, when she began advocating for abortion in Guanajuato, one of Mexico’s most anti-choice states, many well-meaning people told Veronica Cruz she was going to get in trouble. In a state where the right to medically-assisted abortion was extremely limited, she was educating women on using misoprostol (an over-the-counter drug for ulcers) to induce an abortion at any time of pregnancy—before it became a World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended protocol. Surely, showing up at a hospital after a self-induced abortion could land Cruz, if not the woman, in jail.