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Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the contributor Stephania Taladrid has been following a network of women who are secretly distributing abortion pills across the United States. The network has its roots in Mexico, where some medications used for at-home abortion are available at a lower cost over the counter. Volunteers—they call themselves “pill fairies”—are sourcing the pills at Mexican pharmacies and bringing them over the border. The work is increasingly perilous: in states like Texas, abetting an abortion is considered a felony, carrying long prison sentences. But, to Taladrid’s sources, it’s imperative. “I mean, there’s nothing else to do, right?” one woman in Texas, who had an abortion using the medication she received from a pill fairy, said. “You can’t just lie down and accept it. You can’t.”
Plus, the staff writer Parul Sehgal talks with the author Andrew Sean Greer about his new novel, “Less Is Lost,” a sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Less.”
And the poet Ellen Bass explores the habits that take us through life and death.
Stephania Taladrid reports on a network of volunteers distributing abortion medication—illegally and sometimes at great risk—to women in states that ban the procedure.
The author speaks with the staff writer Parul Sehgal about his new novel, a sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Less.”
The poet Ellen Bass explores the habits that take us through life and death.
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