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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Statement on Presidential Election Results

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

Washington, D.C. — In response to the 2016 presidential election results, Jessica González-Rojas, executive director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement:
 
"The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) expresses deep concern at the results of this election. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have pledged to advance some of the most egregious and draconian rollbacks of progress towards reproductive justice made in recent years. NLIRH recommits to fight for health, dignity and justice for the 28 million Latinas and their families in the United States and we urge the new administration to prioritize these values and the voices of our community. We hope for policy solutions that put our families first, and dismantle Islamaphobia, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism and sexism. Our communities are powerful and the Latinx community will continue to demand that our voices be heard.
 
We are heartened by the historic election of the first Latina to the United States Senate and the quadrupling of women of color in the senate.
 
Each one of us deserves the opportunity to shape our future, to live safe and healthy lives, and to be free to determine if, when, and how we form our families, without shame, stigma or punishment.  NLIRH is committed to ensuring that health care is accessible and available to all, including contraception and abortion care. We will never stop in our fierce defense of our human rights as we work to advance a vision of our nation in which health, dignity and justice are prioritized for women, people of color, LGBTQ communities, people with disabilities, immigrant communities and working people of every race, region and ethnicity. At NLIRH, we will continue to work until reproductive justice—in all of its dimensions—is a reality for everyone.”
 
 
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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.