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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Latina Advocates Condemn 39 Years of Reproductive Injustice

Press Release
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) remembers the 39th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits insurance coverage of abortion services for women enrolled in Medicaid.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH, issued the following statement:
“Today marks another shameful anniversary of the Hyde Amendment—the federal policy rider passed each year by Congress that denies abortion coverage to low-income women. We must never forget that Hyde was created because low-income women were seen as easy targets, and it has persisted because of a pernicious disregard for the needs of low-income people. For nearly four decades, this policy has wrought its damage on the lives of Latinas, going back to Rosie Jimenez, a Latina mom and teaching student who died because the Hyde Amendment denied her a safe and legal abortion.
"Latinas are more likely to be low-income, and more likely to experience unintended pregnancy, exacerbating the harms of the Hyde Amendment for our community. But Latinas are also fighting back. We are proudly standing up against abortion coverage bans and calling on Congress to pass the EACH Woman Act to restore coverage.
"The time for excuses and political games is over. It is time to ensure that abortion is truly accessible and affordable for all, regardless of your income, where you live, or your immigration status. The EACH Woman Act shows the path forward; now we must have the courage to walk it."
To learn more about how the Hyde Amendment harms Latinas, check out our fact sheets in English and Spanish.
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 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.