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Election 2006: Big Wins for Reproductive Rights

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1. Hope for the Future

NLIRH would like to thank all of you for getting out there and voting!!! The Democratic Party is now in the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate after almost 12 years of Republicans claiming the majority. More importantly than which Party is in power, we now have more pro-women, pro-health and pro-choice members. This is an important win for reproductive health advocates.

What does this mean for the next two years?

We must work harder than ever to push our legislators to propose and pass bills that will increase our access to abortion, contraception, breast and cervical cancer screening and HIV/STI testing. It means that we must demand that our legislators amend laws that are detrimental to our reproductive health. Like what? Get out and tell your legislators to amend the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) provision that requires all mothers to prove their newborn’s citizenship to get Medicaid coverage. This provision decreases access to health care—particularly for undocumented immigrant women and their children.

Our bodies, our right!

It is our right to have access to reproductive health services and no law or bureaucratic procedure should infringe upon this right. Get out today and let your legislator know how you feel about these detrimental federal policies! To learn more about the DRA policy click here.

 2. Voters Reject Abortion Ban in South Dakota

South Dakota voters overturned the abortion ban on Tuesday, 55 percent to 45 percent. The South Dakota law would have banned abortions at all stages of pregnancy, including cases of rape and incest. The ban provided for no exception if a woman’s health or life was at risk. The law would have allowed a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman was dying but required the doctor to try to save the life of the fetus as well as the woman.

Latinas’ Right to Abortion Protected?

Yes, to a certain extent. In general, women’s access to abortion is now protected, but the barriers for Latinas’ access still exist: linguistic and cultural barriers, age restrictions and economic limitations. The struggle to have the ban overturned was successful, but there are still many more battles to be won for Latina women’s access to reproductive healthcare!

3. California & Oregon Voters Reject Parental Notification Initiatives

California’s Proposition 85 would have amended the California Constitution to bar abortions for women under 18 until 48 hours after a parent had been notified by the physician. It would have provided exceptions for medical emergencies or with a waiver from a judge. The law would not have required a parent or guardian to consent to the abortion. Congratulations to California Latina's for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and all the other groups in CA who worked to defeat this proposition for a second time.

Oregon Voters also defeated a similar ballot iniative!

What does this mean for Latinas?

Californian voters rejecting Proposition 85 is a partial victory in protecting Latina women’s access to safe and legal abortions. Why? Because there is still so much more that needs to be done in safeguarding our reproductive rights, so don’t stop the fight, let your legislator know that it is our bodies, our right!