Contraceptives in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas
Texas is a hostile place for women, but there are networks and programs that make contraceptives accessible for women.
Texas is a hostile place for women, but there are networks and programs that make contraceptives accessible for women. The program provides family planning services at no cost to low-income women in Texas. For women in places like the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, this program is priceless. Our local clinics are able to provide contraceptives and even emergency contraception for free. Access Esperanza and Planned Parenthood are able to help women that need these services. In the current administration, attacks to our reproductive rights are at peak.
In order to have access to the resources available through Healthy Texas Women, a waiver has to be filled out. In the Rio Grande Valley, Access Esperanza is able to help you with the application process. Further, the clinic can also help you if you are undocumented and in need of these resources. There are separate applications for the Family Planning Program and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. The Healthy Texas Women Program offers comprehensive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests and counseling.
In my experience, Access is able to provide IUDs for free through the Healthy Texas Women program, which can be effective birth control for 3+ years depending on the type of IUD that is best for you. They are also able to provide traditional birth control and the shot as soon as you apply. The IUD might take a few weeks to process.
The Rio Grande Valley also has a local abortion fund for those who are in need of an abortion and can’t access it financially. The Frontera Fund is a community effort that will provide transportation, money, and support to those seeking an abortion. Abortions are done at Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen, TX.