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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Statement on Florida District Court’s Preliminary Injunction of key provisions of HB1411

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

Miami, Florida. —Recently, the Tallahassee U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction on certain key provisions of HB 1411, a bill which would limit access to life-saving preventive care, cancer screenings, contraception, STI treatment and prevention for over 4.5 million Florida Latin@s.  Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement:

“Thanks to the resilience and hard work of advocates like Planned Parenthood, Latin@s in Florida will continue to have access to essential reproductive healthcare. HB1411 is one of many dangerous laws across the country that threaten people’s rights to equal dignity by imposing restrictive and unnecessary regulations on providers. Anti-choice politicians introduce such legislation at the expense of low-income people of color who already face great challenges to access the reproductive healthcare services they need. In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court set a powerful example that judges should, and indeed must, defend reproductive rights and look to evidence and truth in evaluating restrictions on abortion.  This preliminary injunction is another encouraging instance of a court relying on facts rather than legislative pretext and calling a regulation what it is: an unconstitutional attempt to block access to abortion. We recognize that this ruling does not strike down HB1411 altogether so we must and will continue to fight to protect the rights of the 4.5 million Florida Latino/as until this bill is ruled unconstitutional in its entirety.  ”

For more information on how the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is advancing the human right to reproductive health and justice for Latin@s in the United States, visit us at latinainstitute.org or on Twitter and Facebook @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 28 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.