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McAllen Community Members and Abortion Providers Rally to Protect Abortion Access

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett, Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Phone: 202 621 1409 Email:

Event Will Lift Up the Disproportionate Impact of Clinic Closures on Latinas and Others in Rural Communities
McAllen, TX – (February 8, 2016) – On Wednesday, February 10th, reproductive health, rights, and justice advocacy groups, providers and community members in McAllen, Texas will rally together to show their support for protecting access to safe abortion care. In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court will review a challenge to Texas’ abortion clinic shutdown in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
Following the passage of HB2 in 2013, 2.5 million Latin@s of reproductive age in Texas now face increased barriers accessing abortion services. The shortage of healthcare facilities in predominantly Latin@ communities coupled with the challenges associated with traveling great distances for care, including expenses and the lack of availability of public transportation, are limiting the human rights of the Texas Latin@ population.
The rally, which is part of a statewide Truth Tour focused on educating communities about the harmful impacts of HB2, will feature remarks from community leaders and providers. Immediately following the rally, attendees will show their support for abortion providers by marching from Archer Park to the Whole Woman's Health clinic of McAllen, the only independent abortion clinic within 200 miles for the women living in the Rio Grande Valley region.  
WHO:                   Confirmed speakers include: 
                                Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO and President, Whole Woman’s Health 
                                Kristeena Banda, Clinic Administrator, Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen                           
                                Lucy Felix, Texas Latina Advocacy Network, Senior Field Coordinator, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health 
                                Ruben Garza, Texas Freedom Network, Texas Regional Field Organizer 
                                Renee Rivas, Texas Freedom Network, Texas Student Leader 
                                Maria Cordero, ACLU Texas, Organizer 
                                Sadie Hernandez, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Campus Organizer
                               Sofia Pena, South Texans for Reproductive Justice 
WHAT:                 Fight Back Texas Truth Tour 
WHERE:               Event Start: Archer Park; 101 N Broadway St, McAllen, Texas 78501
                              Event Conclusion: Whole Woman's Health of McAllen; 802 S Main St, McAllen, TX 78501
WHEN:                 Rally to start at 2pm CST in Archer Park. At around 3pm participants will march to the Whole Woman’s Health clinic of McAllen. 
The Truth Tour is organized by numerous reproductive rights groups including: ACLU of Texas, Center for Reproductive RightsNARAL Pro-Choice TexasNational Latina Institute for Reproductive HealthPlanned Parenthood Texas VotesProgress Texas, Shift, Texas Freedom Network, and Whole Woman’s Health.