NLIRH in the News

NLIRH in the News

October 25, 2009

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health turns 15!

An organization that is near and dear to my heart, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, is turning 15 this year! In honor of this milestone, they're throwing a Quinceañera, a fifteenth anniversary celebration that is a Latino tradition for young girls. It'll be a fun twist on this traditional ceremony.

October 8, 2009

Mujeres e inmigrantes: carta de negociación

Artículo en El Diario por Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Subdirectora de El Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva sobre las mujeres inmigrantes y la reforma de salud

August 6, 2009

Sotomayor: Roe v. Wade and the Right to Privacy

Editor's Note: Sotomayor’s ethnicity does not determine her position on Roe v. Wade, writes Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

July 14, 2009

Generational shift for U.S. Hispanics on abortion

There are many assumptions on how Latinos feel about abortion, said Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Polls by her group reveal more tolerance toward it.

“It’s very much ‘Maybe I wouldn’t make that decision myself, but it’s not my place to interfere in someone else’s decision’,” said Henriquez.

June 1, 2009

Latina Teen Pregnancy Surveys Should Avoid Blame

A recent opinion survey makes a good attempt to identify the social and cultural dynamics that may lie behind the high rate of pregnancy among U.S.-based Latina teens. Existing efforts to curb teen pregnancy miss the mark for many Latinos, and more investment like this is needed to identify better messages and programs. Unfortunately, the limitations found in this type of study lead to more questions than answers, and the accompanying analysis leaves itself exposed to the potential for scapegoating - rather than helping - Latino teens and their families.

May 20, 2009

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas

“Como persona comprometida con la justicia reproductiva, activista, mujer, latina, hija de un inmigrante, aliada de la causa homo sexual y progresista, me he encontrado cons tantemente confrontada

May 17, 2009

A New Trend in Motherhood

Executive Director Silvia Henriquez responds to data about the increase in single motherhood.

May 14, 2009

Hyde Amendment Restrictions Impose Harsh Costs on Low-Income Latinas

Last week President Barack Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2010. The document allocates hundreds of billions of dollars to initiatives designed to help struggling families navigate the treacherous waters of recession. The president wisely called for funding cuts to programs consistently proven ineffective, including abstinence-only sexuality education. Regrettably, he forgot to remove an archaic provision that, today more than ever, thwarts the economic survival and undermines healthy living for low-income women across America, the so-called Hyde Amendment.

May 9, 2009

Bristol Palin y la abstinencia

Esta semana, los medios celebraron El día de la Prevención del Embarazo en Adolescentes entrevistando a Bristol Palin, madre adolescente e hija de la gobernadora de Alaska Sarah Palin, quien trató

May 8, 2009

Two Women's Health Groups Criticize President's Budget

Officials from two women’s health and family planning groups have released statements expressing concern and disappointment over President Obama’s 2010 budget, released yesterday.

Officials from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health-- said in new releases that they were discouraged that the Obama administration did not seek to strike restrictions on government financing of abortions.

April 30, 2009

Mandatory Medicine?

I spent this past weekend in Cambridge, Mass., where I spoke about covering reproductive health issues at a conference called Women, Action, Media. During the question and answer session at our panel (which also featured Emily Douglas of RH Reality Check, Kiki Zeldes from Our Bodies, Ourselves, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health), the audience really wanted to talk about Gardasil, Merck's HPV vaccine. Gardasil provides protection against cervical cancer, and is currently recommended for girls and women between the ages of 11 and 26. Some school systems and states have tried -- and failed -- to mandate the vaccine for middle-school girls. Opposition to mandatory vaccination comes from both the left and right; conservative parents
often fear that vaccinating their daughters against an STI tacitly condones sexual behavior, while many on the left are skeptical of any new drug pushed by a pharmaceutical company after only short-term trials.

February 8, 2009

Una carga sobre las mujeres inmigrantes

We who fight for the rights of immigrant women are working to get a new requirement withdrawn, which forces young women to obtain an expensive and controversial vaccination.

February 1, 2009

Hispana, adolescente y embarazada

Estudios demuestran que por primera vez en 15 años la tasa de nacimientos por parte de madres adolescentes ha aumentado a nivel nacional. Las hispanas, sin embargo, son las primeras en convertirse en madres a edades muy tempranas.