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Monday, June 27, 2016

Whole Womans Health v Hellerstedt Supreme Court Decision

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

Today, the Supreme Court struck down two provisions of HB 2, the Texas Clinic Shutdown Law, which imposed restrictive regulations on access to abortion care. Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement: 

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling reaffirms every person’s constitutional right to make their own decisions about their health, family and future. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is thrilled by today’s decision. This decision will remove some barriers to reproductive healthcare access for the 2.5 million Latinas of reproductive age in Texas who have been disproportionately impacted by HB 2. We are thrilled the Supreme Court stood with our community in protecting this right, but the fight to protect abortion access does not end today and it will not end until everyone has access to unfettered, high quality reproductive health care, including abortion. This is especially true in light of the Court’s decision last week in United States v. Texas, which denies protections to undocumented women and families who face significant barriers to healthcare. We know politicians in other states across the country who are opposed to reproductive rights and are indifferent to health and safety will continue to try to block access to safe and legal abortion. Today, the Court has made it much more difficult for these politicians to take away our rights.
“This landmark decision builds upon the powerful momentum to advance reproductive justice for all Latino/as in the United States, no matter age, race, income, zip code, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status.  NLIRH will keep fighting until we achieve health, dignity and justice for all.”
According to a recent national opinion poll, Latino/a voters care where our nation’s leaders stand on the issue of abortion and eight in ten agree that a woman should be able to make her own personal decisions about abortion without politicians interfering. 89 percent of Latino/a voters say they would give support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion. For more information on NLIRH’s abortion polling data, click here. 

For more information on how the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is advancing the human right to reproductive health and justice for Latino/as 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.