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Thursday, January 22, 2015

On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Latinas Urge Real Access to Abortion Care

Press Release
Washington
Loretta Kane (917.410.7242, lk@caminopr.org)

Call on Congress to Stop Playing Games with Women’s Health 

WASHINGTON, DC — January 22nd is the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that affirmed the right to legal abortion in the United States. Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement:

“The Roe v. Wade Anniversary is a reminder of an important milestone for health and reproductive rights, but it is ultimately an unfulfilled promise. The truth is that Roe is not a reality for millions of women in this country who are denied access to safe, legal and affordable abortion care.

“In states like Texas and Mississippi, laws designed to shut down clinics have decimated the reproductive health safety net, forcing women to travel long distances for care. Immigrant women, many of whom cannot travel for fear of detention and deportation, have even fewer options.

“We continue to face the shameful legacy of the Hyde Amendment—a policy passed by Congress each year for decades—that denies low-income women their fundamental human rights by withholding insurance coverage for abortion.

“And just today, conservative lawmakers in the House of Representatives launched yet another attack on women’s health. Late last night, after their plans to pass a later abortion ban were torpedoed by Congressional women, they fell back on one of their favorite tactics: targeting low-income women with a double-down ban on abortion coverage. This extreme proposal would hurt Latina health and allow politicians to interfere in a woman’s personal decision-making. This is especially infuriating given that many in our community, including young, immigrant and low-income Latinas in particular, already face severe barriers to accessing affordable, quality healthcare.

“Latinas are watching, and we’re not fooled by this midnight bait-and-switch. We reject all attacks on health, dignity, and justice. Shame on them.”

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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.