Texans forced to travel out-of-state, wait weeks for abortions

In a small Louisiana clinic, a five-hour drive from her home in the neighboring state of Texas, Shayla waits for her long-sought appointment to receive an abortion. "I've been trying basically since six weeks," she tells AFP, explaining that she's now in her thirteenth week of pregnancy. On September 1, 2021, one of the country's most restrictive anti-abortion laws came into force in Texas, banning all abortions from the moment a heartbeat can be detected, or about six weeks into a pregnancy.

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