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Friday, January 8, 2016

Latinas Applaud President’s Veto of the Reconciliation Act Latinas Urge Congress to Pursue Policies that Advance Women’s Health

Press Release
Washington
Kimberly Inez McGuire, ConwayStrategic Phone: 413.222.0271 Email: kimberly@conwaystrategic.com

Washington, D.C – The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health commends the President in his veto of H.R. 3762, the Reconciliation Act.  This legislation would reverse essential gains of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the millions of low-income and persons of color who have accessed care and which would effectively defund Planned Parenthood.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“We applaud President Obama for vetoing the Reconciliation Act.  We know that the ACA is working and is increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare for Latinas and their families.  Over 4 million Latinos now have health insurance thanks to the ACA.  In fact, women under the age of 26 have been diagnosed at earlier stages of cervical cancer due to their ability to gain coverage under the ACA, giving these women access to treatment and a better chance to overcome this cancer.

Moreover, this legislation would have threatened access to healthcare for millions of Latina women and families by making it harder for our communities to access care from providers they trust. In 2013, 22 percent of Planned Parenthood patients were Latino — more than 575,000 people. To defund Planned Parenthood is to cut Latinas off from this care. 

I am appalled that time and time again, some politicians have sacrificed healthcare for those who need it most: low-income communities, immigrant families, women of color, and young people. Politicians in Congress have attempted to repeal or undermine the ACA over 50 times.  We urge Congress to pursue policies that promote the health and wellbeing of all women and their communities.”

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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 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.