NLIRH Applauds the Re-Introduction of the Groundbreaking YASHS

WASHINGTON, DC—National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) applauds Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Adams (D-NC-12) for the work they have done on behalf of our communities and sees the reintroduction of the Youth Access to Sexual Health Services Act (YASHS) as a continuation of that good work.  Jessica González-Rojas, executive director for NLIRH, issued the following statement:

“For too long youth of color, immigrant, LGBTQ, homeless and incarcerated individuals have been underserved by a system that does not prioritize their sexual health and wellbeing. Systematic barriers like poverty, lack of access to timely and high-quality healthcare services, and limited educational opportunities disproportionately prevent young women and men of color from freely making the best reproductive decisions for themselves and their bodies. These decisions ultimately determine our health, family and future.

“We applaud Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Adams (D-NC-12) for the introduction of the Youth Access to Sexual Health Services Act, and for their continued work to ensure a future where all youth have the power and ability to make their own decisions about sexual and reproductive health, with dignity and self-determination,” said González-Rojas.

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

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