Press Releases

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Press Conference: Women of Color Respond: What the Hobby Lobby decision means for our communities

Press Release
Washington

WHAT: Press conference to discuss what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases will mean for women of color and their communities.

WHY IT MATTERS: Much is at stake for women and their families in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and women of color will be most affected by this landmark decision, which could come any day.

SPEAKERS: Elizabeth Taylor, executive director of the National Health Law Program; Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum; Linda Goler Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women's Health Imperative; and Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

WHEN and WHERE: 1 p.m. the day after the Supreme Court decision on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases via phone. Dial in: 800.786.5819.

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: All speakers will be available for interviews. Spanish speaking spokespeople will be available for interview after press conference.

SPEAKER TOPICS:

  • Taylor: The legal analysis of the decision made by the Supreme Court in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases.
  • Yeung: The implications for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, low-income women and economic justice.
  • Goler Blount: The implications for Black women and overall women’s health and well-being.
  • González-Rojas: The implications for the Latina community and other groups, and religious liberty.

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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 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications. 

The Black Women's Health Imperative (Imperative) is the only organization devoted solely to advancing the health and wellness of America's 19.5 million Black women and girls through advocacy, community health and wellness education and leadership development. Founded as the National Black Women's Health Project in 1983 by health activist and McArthur genius Byllye Y. Avery, the Imperative promotes optimal health for African American women across their lifespan - physically, mentally and spiritually. 

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only national, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women’s organization in the country. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls. 

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. The oldest nonprofit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels.