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Friday, September 18, 2015

Women of color, including Latinas, unite in opposition to 20-week abortion ban

Press Release
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email:

Reproductive justice organizations call on representatives to reject bill that would hurt women and families

Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), along with 31 reproductive justice organizations, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing HR 36, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, disproportionately harming women of color, LGBTQ individuals, young people, and low income and rural communities. 

The organizations decry that the bill infringes on the rights of all women, and if passed would especially burden communities that already face significant barriers to obtaining a full range of reproductive healthcare. As state legislatures have increased barriers in accessing reproductive healthcare, the time and cost it takes to obtain needed reproductive health services has increased, making it more difficult for women and others to receive the care they need. 

In their letter, the organizations point out that women of color are more likely to face employment discrimination and low wages that can limit their ability to pay for out-of-pocket healthcare costs. The time needed to raise funds and secure time off of work, childcare, and transportation can ultimately take more than 20 weeks, leaving communities with few other options for securing care.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement:  

“Access to healthcare is a human right. Laws that make it more difficult for patients to access an abortion impede on this right and force people to choose between healthcare and putting food on the table—a choice no one should have to make. With this letter, we hope to impress upon our government the particular harm this bill would impose upon communities already burdened by state and federal regulations limiting their access to abortion. 

“By denying people a full range of reproductive health services, HR 36 ignores 42 years of legal precedent established inRoe v. Wade and threatens the health and safety of women and families. Protecting communities requires making policies that strengthen and support our human rights, including access to reproductive healthcare.”


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.