Forty-five years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States presided over Roe v. Wade, legalizing the constitutional right for individuals to seek an abortion. The ruling has had a profound effect on the hundreds of thousands of individuals who since then been able to pursue safe and legal abortions.
In the Rio Grande Valley, there is only one medically certified facility for residents seeking a safe abortion: Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen. Despite the routine harassment which staff and patients are subject to by anti-choice protesters and the onslaught of state and federal legislative attacks against women’s bodies and their reproductive health, the clinic provides services to hundreds of RGV residents.
Every year on Jan. 20, anti-choice protesters turn out to Whole Woman’s Health for their annual protest against the constitutional right for people to make decisions about their own body. Because of this, pro-choice activists form a chain around the clinic to protect the staff and patients inside and, symbolically, reproductive rights.
Here are 10 reasons why you should come out to defend abortion rights in the RGV this Jan. 20 at Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen.
1. Pro-choice is pro-life
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 1 in 4 individuals in the U.S. will receive an abortion by the age of 45. Roe w. Wade ensures that these individuals can obtain safe abortions.
2. Individuals seeking an abortion don’t need anyone’s approval
People get abortions for a variety of reasons. People may seek an abortion for medical or health concerns, financial stability or preparedness, career, etc. No reason is wrong or invalid. People always have the right to decide what happens to their body.
3. An attack on abortion rights is an attack on women’s health and women’s rights
Clinics like the Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen provide a variety of comprehensive and essential gynecological services, of which abortion is one. Residents seeking services should be able to take command of their health without harassment.
4. Real clinics > Fake clinics
Unlike many of the fake clinics (aka Crisis Pregnancy Centers) throughout Texas and the country, Whole Woman’s Health facilities are run by Board Certified and licensed physicians, counselors, medical assistants, and patient advocates.
5. Seriously, what’s up with these fake clinics?
Fake clinics or CPCs receive taxpayer funding ($20 million each year!). Meanwhile, facilities that have medically certified personnel capable of providing safe and legal abortions are under constant attack by conservative legislators and evangelicals. If this bewilders and outrages you, this is your place to be.
6. Community Accessibility
Whole Woman’s Health caters its services to the underserved, low-income, community of the RGV, regardless of immigration status. Over 95 percent of the residents who receive services in the RGV are uninsured residents who are supported through a variety of private support funds.
7. Whole Woman’s Health is woman-owned, women-centered, and women-run
Why wouldn’t you support anything that is that?
8. Meet some amazing people doing amazing things
Abortion clinics are often times the site of anti-choice protests and harassment. This can make it very intimidating for individuals seeking an abortion. However, there are some amazing individuals who put on colorful vests and make it their business to fight back against this kind of behavior by escorting individuals seeking an abortion into their clinic.
9. Come be fabulous
The anti-choicers might be salty, but the pro-choicers are fabulous. Don’t you want to be fabulous?
10. Help pro-choice advocates drown out anti-choice hate and stigma
To even get to Whole Woman’s Health, many of the individuals seeking an abortion in the RGV have to overcome an enormous amount of obstacles. The anti-choicers will make their opposition clearly known. Let’s make sure that the image and message that stays with the individuals seeking services at Whole Woman’s Health is not one of shame but one of understanding and support. We need you.
January 20 at 9 AM
Whole Woman’s Health
802 S. Main St., McAllen, TX