Planned Parenthood Holds Health Fair Days Before Lawmakers Debate Clinic’s Funding

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At a Planned Parenthood Fair in Brownsville, free STI tests and school supplies were given to low income families, some of the many services the agency has been providing for years. 

It all comes as many national and state governments are trying to pass what some call, anti-abortion bills.

“We are providing school supplies for our community also STD testing for those who qualify which is the chlamydia and gonorrhea and also the HIV,” said Marisol Medina, a Community Health Worker. 

More than a hundred people made plans to attend the festival. Medina said the organization expected a good outcome. 

“We are providing Zika kits and information to our community for females who are pregnant or seeking pregnancy,” she said. 

UTRGV Know Your Status, an organization seeking to prevent the spread of HIV, provided the free school supplies. 

“It’s very important to get tested at least once a year, but of course it depends on the history,” she said.  

The festival occurred days before the Texas Special Session.  Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers is one of the items on the Special Session agenda. 

“16 organizations in the state came together and wrote an open letter against the special session, it was abortion rights groups, immigration rights groups, LGBTQ rights groups as well as other social justice organizations who have all come together to resist against this special session,” said Sadie Hernandez, a well-known activist.

Hernandez is no stranger to the Capital, she has attended many rallies in Austin, including at the Governor’s Mansion, where she stood outside for more than a week for women’s reproductive rights.  She plans to attend the Special Session. 

“If the bills are passed there will be more severe anti-abortion restrictions here in the state but on top of that all of our patients will be affected,” she said. 

The Special Session will take place on July 18. 

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