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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Statement Against Making Bans on Abortion Coverage Permanent

Press Release
Washington
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

Washington, D.C. — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is extremely dismayed by today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives passing H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” by 238-183.   This legislation would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and interfere with public and private health insurance coverage for abortion.  Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH, issued the following statement:

“For the past 40 years, through the Hyde amendment, we have seen the devastating impact of abortion coverage bans. The Hyde Amendment creates an often insurmountable barrier to abortion services for people across the country already struggling to get affordable healthcare, and disproportionately affects people of color, including Latinxs*, those who are young, with low incomes, immigrants or those who live in rural communities. 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.

It is time for Hyde to be ancient history. Instead, the House of Representatives just took Hyde a step further by voting to make permanent bans on abortion coverage.  Plain and simple, this effort is a deliberate attack on low-income women’s reproductive freedom. But we will not be defeated by this or any other attack by this Congress; we plan to continue to work to ensure health coverage for abortion services regardless of how much a woman earns, regardless of the source of her insurance, and regardless of where she lives.  H.R. 7 is unconscionable and NLIRH will urges members to stop playing politics with women’s lives.”

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at latinainstitute.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.

*NLIRH, conscious of the importance of gender equity, utilizes gender-neutral terms throughout our work. “Latinx” is a term that challenges the gender binary in the Spanish language and embraces the diversity of genders that often are actively erased from space.

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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.