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Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Reproductive Justice: What’s the Real Problem?

The end of May brings an end to Teen Pregnancy Prevention month, a designation designed to showcase an entire movement that has been formed around the idea that preventing young motherhood is one of the most important adolescent health issues of our time. Statistics are bandied about regarding high school drop-out rates, dependency on public benefits, and increased rates of poverty for women who become parents when they are young. But what’s the real problem?

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Why is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on Cinco de Mayo?

Today is Cinco de Mayo. It is not, contrary to popular belief, Mexican Independence Day. It's actually a celebration of the Mexican victory over the French in a battle in 1862. Many also point out that the holiday is more celebrated in the US than in Mexico. But either way, it's a day that is associated with Latinos, and often celebrated through cultural appropriation and eating things like guacamole and drinking tequila. But that's another post.

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NLIRH Recognized as 2010 Top Non-Profit

NLIRH was recently identified as a high-impact nonprofit by 192 National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice experts. Of 19 organizations identified by experts in the field of reproductive rights and justice, NLIRH was ranked 6.


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Join the National Call-In Day for Women of Color to Demand Health Reform!

Vivir Latino advertising the National Call in Day for Health Care Reform. 


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Ms. Foundation names Executive Director Silvia Henriquez a "Woman of Vision"

We are thrilled to announce that the Ms. Foundation will be honoring NLIRH Executive Director Silvia Henriquez as one of three "2010 Women of Vision" awardees at its annual Gloria Awards. The "Women of Vision" award celebrates grassroots women activists and philanthropists whose achievements bring us closer to our vision of a just and inclusive democracy.

Under Silvia's leadership, NLIRH has become one of the organizations on the forefront of the reproductive health and justice movements for Latinas and immigrants.

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Is Immigration A \"Women's Issue\"?

Is the Arizona's new immigration law — wherein officials can ask to see an individual's papers based on the individual's appearance — a feminist issue? And what does that even mean?

There are two ways to answer this question, which Jessica Yee posed at Bitch yesterday. First, there's the fact that many of the Arizonans affected by SB-1070 are women, who under enforcement of the law, are at risk both in the general sense and in the risks particular to women. Then there's the more theoretical issue of what it means to critique power structures.

Let's start with the first one. Census data shows that more than half of all immigrants are women, and many of them are the primary breadwinners for their families.

From the beginning, these women are more vulnerable than their male counterparts, particularly if they lack documentation to enter this country. For example, a recent Amnesty International report found that six out of 10 Central American women are raped in Mexico, a passage they make on the way to the United States.

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Una desafortunada selección

Si el gobernador David Paterson quería darle una bofetada a los inmigrantes, con su nombramiento de Kirsten Gillibrand al Senado, efectivamente lo logró.

La congresista reemplazará a Hillary Rodham Clinton como la nueva senadora de Nueva York. En Clinton, Nueva York tuvo a una defensora de los derechos de la mujer y promotora de una reforma de inmigración humana y sensata. Pero, con la selección de una representante del norte del estado, Paterson optó por hacer política ya que ella puede ayudarle en esa región - a expensas de los inmigrantes.

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Hispanics encountering hostility in the South, report says

NLIRH's advocacy day mentioned in this blog post about Latinos in the South.

• MUJERES ADVOCACY. Latinas from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., spent two days lobbying on behalf of Hispanic women’s access to reproductive health. While the birth rate has been increasing among undocumented families, group advocates said, those same women have gone without appropriate medical care and advice. “What the report doesn’t say is how many undocumented mothers went without prenatal care and how many will face unwanted pregnancies because they lack basic health coverage,” said NLIRH’s Executive Director Silvia Henriquez. “Latinas want to end these disparities, but they need information and skills to do this powerfully. This is why our advocacy training is so timely and so important.”

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Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

In the United States, Latinas disproportionately live in areas with poor access to family planning services. Compared with their non-Hispanic white counterparts, Latinas have similar levels of sexual activity, but significantly lower rates of contraceptive use. The result is rates of unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy and teen birth that are more than double those of non-Hispanic white teens. In addition, some Latina teens, lacking the resources and support to enter or complete college, start families earlier than they would have otherwise, according to a newly released study from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.



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