Planned Parenthood has been making headlines recently, with opponents and supporters passionately arguing their case. 

In response to what they call attacks on the organization, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is launching a thousand mile, statewide road trip to capture and tell the firsthand stories of patients and advocates in Texas.

The tour kicked off in Brownsville, where Josette Cruz, a patient advocate, explained why she is part of the thousand mile road trip. 

“There are many people who do not have health insurance and Planned Parenthood is a way for them to be able to get their reproductive services and their needs met,” Cruz told News Center 23 in an interview.

At the Brownsville tour stop, well known activist Sadie Hernandez recorded a Facebook live to start the campaign. Advocates from across the state are participating in the event via social media. 

“We need to give patients’ a voice, which is why I’m taking my time to be out here and give the women from Brownsville and from across the [Rio Grande Valley] a voice and let the legislators know that we are going to stand up and fight back,” Cruz said. 

The advocates plan to stop in McAllen, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Round Rock, Waco, Dallas, Houston, Sugar Land and Austin. 

They will meet with legislators, including State Sen. Juan Hinojosa and State Rep. Larry Gonzales and deliver petitions from Texans who are opposed to, what they call, attacks on reproductive health and rights.