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By Daina Beth Solomon

MEXICO CITY - Abril, a 22-year-old college student, has a plan if Roe v. Wade is overturned: use encrypted messages, burner phones and international numbers to ensure women still have the choice to terminate a pregnancy.

And maybe save for a bail fund, she joked.

Abril, who declined to give her full name, is originally from Reynosa, a city on Mexico's northern border. She now lives in Texas, where she co-founded a group to help women in the United States access abortions, including through pills, which are easier to obtain south of the border.

In the past two years the group has received requests from over 2,000 women, many from Texas, seeking help with abortions, she said.

They plan to keep helping even if restrictions are tightened or abortion outright banned after the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it will overturn the landmark 1973 opinion that guarantees abortion access.

Texas already enforces significant restrictions. The state only allows abortions past six weeks of pregnancy if a mother's life is in danger or her health severely compromised, and it has banned the use of medication abortions entirely after seven weeks.

Mifepristone, which blocks the pregnancy-sustaining hormone progesterone, and misoprostol are the two drugs commonly used for abortions. Mifepristone is available by prescription in Mexico, while misoprostol, typically used for ulcers, can be bought cheaply over the counter. The most effective method is for the two to be taken together, but misoprostol alone is also often used.

So activists from Mexico meet Abril and her group at the border to hand them over - in one case, disguised in vitamin bottles. Abril has also stocked up on the pills in Reynosa and walked across the border back into the United States. She said she had 'nothing to declare' and hoped for the best.

She is preparing for things to get tougher if Roe v. Wade is overturned - but she...

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