Sat. Jan 24th at 8:30 AM - Whole Women’s Health Clinic (802 South Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501)
Jan 22nd will be the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision and local Catholic parishes plan to hold an antichoice march on the 24th which will go by Whole Women’s Health on its route. We are calling on all pro-choice RGV’ers to stand in solidarity with the clinic on this day, to ensure it operates smoothly, and the participants of the antichoice parade witness the support for choice in the Valley.
Please wear pink or orange, please no blue shirts. We will have free pins for the first 100 attendees, there will be a ride for choice, and many roles need to be filled! We will need a full staff of volunteer escorts to ensure patients enter and leave the clinic undisturbed, folks willing to document through film/photos both our rally and the antichoice march, and then general participants who can surround the front of the clinic so when the march comes by they get a big eyeful/earful.
We will be using a local hashtag #rgv4choice and the national hashtag #roevwade.
There will also be a donation drive. For every antichoice participant we count, we will ask for a certain amount from donors, to be put into a fund which will help pay for procedures for patients who are able to pay entirely for their abortion.
Remember RGV, our clinic’s future is currently uncertain. If Whole Women’s Health is shut down, RGV folks will be forced to go to San An, which automatically means undocumented people in the RGV will not have access to safe abortion. For those who are documented, this means paying for gas, at least one overnight stay due to the Texas law requiring a waiting period of 24 hrs between consultation and procedure, and medical costs. This will force many people to turn to unsafe means for abortion. It’s up to us to stand for choice and make our voices heard right here in the RGV!