Press Releases

Monday, January 5, 2015

Texas Latina health advocates travel to New Orleans for hearing on HB2 Texas abortion law

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Please be advised that the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) has organized a peaceful demonstration of Texas Latinas and their allies following the hearing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the challenge to Texas’ unconstitutional abortion care restrictions.

WHAT:     Peaceful demonstration immediately following the hearing before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

WHEN:      Wednesday, January 7, 2015

                 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET

WHERE:    United States Court of Appeals

                John Minor Wisdom Building, East Courtroom/Room 223

                600 Camp Street

                New Orleans, LA 70130

Twelve community leaders from the Texas Latina Advocacy Network, the Texas organizing and advocacy presence for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), will make the 10-hour drive from the Rio Grande Valley—one of the areas hardest hit by the unconstitutional provisions of HB2, the Texas law which has led to clinic closures across the state—to New Orleans, Louisiana to witness the hearing firsthand. Notably in attendance will be Lucy Felix, NLIRH Senior Texas Field Coordinator, who testified during earlier proceedings on the law, highlighting the harmful impact of HB2 on Texas Latinas’ ability to access safe and affordable reproductive healthcare services.

Following the hearing, organizers will gather outside the courthouse for a peaceful demonstration where we expect they will be joined by other Texas advocates, including representatives of Whole Women's Health, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and local leaders from the New Orleans Abortion Fund. The gathering, which will proclaim a message of "Salud, Dignidad y Justicia" (health, dignity and justice), is intended to demonstrate that Latinas in Texas and their allies are mobilized and galvanized to fight the devastating effects of this unconstitutional attack on women’s healthcare.

Wednesday’s hearing is particularly important for Latinas, who have been among the hardest hit by recent clinic closures throughout the state of Texas. Nearly 40 percent of Texas women are Latina, and Latinas are twice as likely to experience unintended pregnancies as non-Latina white women and more likely to be of reproductive age. Latinas already face formidable barriers to healthcare, including: poverty, lack of transportation, linguistic and cultural barriers, and restrictions on healthcare for immigrant women. This means that Latinas are among the most likely to rely on the very clinics HB2 was designed to shut down.

Ana Rodriguez DeFrates, Texas Director for Policy & Advocacy at NLIRH will be available for English-speaking interviews.

Lucy Felix, Senior Texas Field Coordinator at NLIRH will be available for Spanish-speaking interviews.

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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.