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Friday, December 4, 2015

Latinas Outraged by Political Attempts to Undermine Latina Health and Well-Being Latinas Condemn Latest Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood

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

Washington, D.C –  The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is outraged by the Senate passage of the budget reconciliation package, which would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and would reverse essential gains of the Affordable Care Act, including the millions of low-income and persons of color who have accessed care due to Medicaid expansion.

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

“This bill would threaten 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 some politicians have sacrificed healthcare for those who need it most: low-income communities, women of color, and young people.  Just days after a deadly attack on Planned Parenthood’s health center in Colorado Springs, some members of Congress have turned their backs on our communities by voting to defund Planned Parenthood.  We thank those Senators who voted against this measure and we stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood and all reproductive healthcare providers as we fight for reproductive justice no matter the threat or opponent.”


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.