A woman sits on the edge of an exam table in a dimly lit room at the Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, a nonprofit health clinic in Sacramento for low-income and uninsured women. OB/GYN Dr. James Hanser answers questions about her reproductive health before conducting a well-woman exam, a free medical service provided by the Sacramento Life Center. Hanser suggests that women over 21 are screened every three years with a pelvic and breast exam, Pap smear and testing for the HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer. The center also offers free and confidential STD and pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, and counseling for women and their partners who may be struggling with an unplanned pregnancy. Now in retirement, Hanser volunteers at the clinic on Mondays and says it’s a good way for him to stay connected to the medical field while providing a much-needed service. “I feel like everybody has the right to good health care in this country,” said Hanser. “I’d like to do whatever I can to contribute to that.”
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