Horrific computer game teaches Mexican women how to perform DIY medical abortions
There's a very big reason why I am Pro-Choice and that reason is that I don't believe that anyone, much less the government, should tell a woman what to do with her body. Another reason for it is because I believe that if you REALLY need to get abortion, you will find a way to do it even if it is illegal. However, these not-so-legal methods tend to not be on the safe side, which is why I was absolutely SHOCKED to discover a new Mexican computer game that teaches Latinas how to safely give themselves a medical abortion. Seriously, WHAT?!
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According to RH Reality Check, the game called ¿No Te Baja? is an app-style game that follows a 19-year-old protagonist named Claudia who begins the game by saying: "To avoid judgment and fear, it is always useful to step into the shoes of another person", then takes users through a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style where you can "click through to different scenarios that change according to [your] own personal situation and decisions."
The game then takes women through the use of Misoprostol, a drug that is actually supposed to treat ulcers but is available over the counter throughout Mexico and often used in parts of the country where abortion is illegal. But since pharmacists don't know how to use it safely, this game women who need it "each detailed step of the process of self-administering a medical abortion" including "if it will be safe to self-administer."
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Honestly, this is the craziest thing I've ever heard when it comes to a woman's right to choose. As someone whose mami had an abortion and I fully support her difficult decision, it completely breaks my heart that some women have to resort to putting their own lives in danger to terminate an unwanted pregnancy because their government outlaws this basic right. It's seriously infuriating and I'm very afraid for the women who have to use this game to do it themselves. I just hope that they can stay safe until the government overturns their awful decision.
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