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Thursday, February 18, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Files Amicus Brief in Zubik v Burwell

Press Release
Washington
raeAnn Roca Pickett, Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Phone: 202 621 1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

28 Latino/a, reproductive justice, health, LGBTQ, youth and civil rights leaders file brief in support of respondents asking the Supreme Court to uphold contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) joined with 28 other local and national civil rights, LGBTQ rights, youth advocacy and reproductive health, rights and justice organizations to file an amicus brief in support of respondents in Zubik v. BurwellThe brief, co-authored with the Reproductive Justice Clinic at New York University (NYU) School of Law, asks the Supreme Court to uphold the accommodation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit. 
 
At stake is the ability for women to access contraception without the intrusion of their employer in personal, reproductive healthcare decisions. Oral arguments will take place March 23. 
 
Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH said, “Contraceptive access is essential to ensuring the health, dignity, and justice of all people, particularly for women of color. The case threatens that for thousands of employees and students. Each person should have the ability to plan their families and their futures without the interference of their employer. This case is not just about a person’s ability to access contraception but strikes at the core of whether a person can exercise their rights to equal dignity and liberty. Many of the employees whose coverage is in question are people of color who often struggle to make ends meet. They shouldn’t have to pay for a benefit that is guaranteed to them under the law. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health along with its partners asks the Court to ensure that the religious beliefs of a few do not harm and discriminate against communities who already face significant burdens in accessing healthcare, including reproductive healthcare.” 
 
Organizations who have signed-on to the brief include: ACT for Women and Girls, Advocates for Youth, Black Women's Health Imperative, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Casa de Esperanza, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Desiree Alliance, Farmworker Justice, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, MANA, A National Latina Organization, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), National LGBTQ Task Force, National Network of Abortion Funds, Northwest Health Law Advocates, Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health, SisterLove, Inc., SisterReach, SisterSong National Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, Voto Latino, Women With A Vision, Inc (WWAV) and WV FREE. 
 
For more information or to view the amicus brief online visit latinainstitute.org or visit us on Twitter @NLIRH. 
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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.