Planned Parenthood Advocate Says Fear of SB4 Could Stop Clients From Visiting Clinic

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Planned Parenthood activists said the Texas House is set to vote on, what they called, dangerous anti-abortion laws.

But a lead patient advocate for a Planned Parenthood in the Rio Grande Valley said she is more concerned with Senate Bill 4 stopping clients from seeking medical attention out of fear.

 “We open our doors to everybody regardless of immigration status,” said Paula Saldana, Lead Patient Advocate for Planned Parenthood. 

She said the Brownsville clinic won’t be affected by the Texas House of Representative’s threat of cutting funds.

“Our Planned Parenthood do not get any federal funds or state funds,” she told News Center 23 at a clinic festival. “We are sustaining ourselves from the community because they believe that we offer reproductive health care.”

Saldana said the community believes Planned Parenthood is the expert on reproductive health care. 

She fears that Senate Bill 4, the controversial “sanctuary cities bill” could affect the clinic. 

“We are a little bit concerned, but I do know the community is organizing itself, they are mobilizing, they are getting educated,” she said. 

Planned Parenthood has not seen a decline in clients since the bill was signed. Saldana said the clinic comforts those who receive services. 

“We reassure them that they’ll be safe here,” she said. 

Adding that they encourage clients “to educate themselves” and that they also have rights.

Planned Parenthood, along with other local clinics, reassured the community of their rights to health care at clinic festival. 

“We’re offering a free well woman exam which includes the pap smear, the pelvic exam and any [Sexually Transmitted Infection] if needed.”

Maria Alvear, a community member who got a free pap smear at the Clinica Festival, said she is against any laws that will defund Planned Parenthood.

“As a woman, I really appreciate this especially now that medical services are very expensive, this is very helpful,” Alvear said. 

On Tuesday, House Bill 1936 was placed on the General State Calendar. If passed, the bill would in part prohibit certain transactions between a government entity and an abortion provider. 

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