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Friday, April 15, 2016

Federal Guidance on Zika Prevention Leaves Latino/a Families Unprotected

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett, Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Phone: 202 621 1409 Email:

Advice to prevent Zika infection through sex ignore limited access to contraception in states with high mosquito and Latino/a populations

Washington, DC —National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement in response to conclusions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating a causal relationship between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.  Current CDC guidance advises women of reproductive age to avoid travel to areas impacted by Zika virus, to take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites in areas where Zika virus is spreading, and to discuss with their providers how to prevent an unintended pregnancy. 

“In order to satisfy the CDC’s recommendations, there must be access to quality, affordable health care and contraception for each individual and their families. Zubik v. Burwell and Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas are two cases currently before the Supreme Court which sheds light on the burdens women face when accessing reproductive health care. While the CDC’s recommendations seem practical, they are nearly impossible to achieve. For example, states like Texas and Florida are expected to see high rates of Zika infection during the impending mosquito season yet have enacted harmful legislation that prevents women from accessing the very care that could protect them from this dangerous virus. Latinas deserve the right to protect themselves as the CDC recommends; our community cannot do so without affordable access,” Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH said.

CDC guidance on Zika virus prevention can be found here.

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.