Protesters say abortion bill restricts women TMs rights

Rose Bealle

More than 50 protesters of House Bill 2 made their voices heard in front of Planned Parenthood in McAllen this afternoon.

The Stand with Texas Women Bus Tour made its final stop in McAllen as lawmakers debate the bill that would close all abortion clinics in the Rio Grande Valley.

Organizers tell Action 4 they made their last stand in the Valley because the bill will have a large affect on Valley women.

For the past two years the Texas legislature has made an attack on women TMs rights and women TMs healthcare and we feel this is a time that we want to say enough, is enough, said Patricio Gonzalez, CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Planned Parenthood.

Protesters said the bill does more than deprive access to abortions to women in the Valley.

"I feel like the greater discussion is not that this is about abortion, it's about a whole bunch of other health care service that are going to be deprived of both impoverished men and women," bill protester Patrick Garcia said.

On the other side of the road, pro-life supporters stood up for the bill which they say is not perfect, but a step in the right direction.

We are supporting the unborn who have as much right to live as those of us who are standing here, pro-life supporter Terry Oberg said.

The bill would require more stringent regulations on women TMs healthcare clinics.

Now they are going to close down more clinics that offer, besides abortions, preventative care, contraceptives... so this doesn TMt make sense at all, Gonzalez said.

Protest speaker Sarah Slamen of Houston made an appearance at the rally.

She was forcibly removed from the Senate hearing on Wednesday in Austin.

She said it TMs important for people who are against the bill in the Valley to stand up and make their voices heard.

"If people don TMt stand up were going to see a return to Roe V Wade days. We are going to see women dying needlessly when they should have basic access to healthcare in 20-13," Slamen said.