By Pilar Arias
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, an advocacy organization for Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, began a statewide road trip Monday.
Planned Parenthood supporters are participating in a first of its kind five-day, 1,000 mile across the state that started in Brownsville and will go through seven other Texas cities.
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes communications officer Nikki Metzgar said the road trip is to bring attention to the devastating, real life impact of the continued attacks against the reproductive health and family planning services provider.
Metzgar said real patients and advocates will be telling their stories at each stop, including one woman in Dallas who got an important diagnosis at a Planned Parenthood health center.
“She was able to basically find out that she had breast cancer from a visit to Planned Parenthood,” Metzgar said.
Planned Parenthood provides Texas women with access to cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests and other preventative care. Most patients are uninsured or underinsured, live paycheck to paycheck and pay out of pocket for their health care.