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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Statement on Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to HHS

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement in response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Tom Price (R-GA) to head The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

“The nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is incredibly concerning, especially for Latinxs, over 4 million of which could be uninsured if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed. Price has asked in the past to be ‘brought one woman who has been left behind’ when it comes to not being able to afford contraception. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) urges Rep. Price to read the stories of Isabel, Esmeralda, Ida and the countless women who shared their stories in our Nuestro Texas report that illustrates the human rights violations happening due to lack of affordable reproductive healthcare access. Similarly, LGBTQ communities—who gained nondiscrimination protection through the ACA—would be disproportionately impacted by a repeal of the ACA. Price has repeatedly aligned himself with anti-choice policies by cosponsoring bills banning abortion care for women, and has voted to defund Planned Parenthood—which provides preventative reproductive healthcare for millions of low-income people, immigrant communities and people of color. There are countless more stories and we will make sure Tom Price and every person who believes that our right to health, dignity and justice is anything to be ignored hears our voices loud and clear.”

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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.