NLIRH in the News

NLIRH in the News

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We who fight for the rights of immigrant women are working to get a new requirement withdrawn, which forces young women to obtain an expensive and controversial vaccination.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

January 24, 2009

Una desafortunada selección

If Governor David Paterson wanted to deliver a slap to immigrant New Yorkers, he effectively did so with his appointment yesterday of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand.

January 13, 2009

Human Trafficking: A Reproductive Justice Issue

At the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, we work under the framework of reproductive justice. Bringing together reproductive rights and social justice, a reproductive justice framework recognizes that the factors influencing women’s abilities to autonomously create and live in the families they want go beyond the issues traditionally spoken about in the reproductive rights movement. At NLIRH we recognize that issues as seemingly far-reaching as immigration and economic security are in fact intricately connected to the ways people access reproductive health services and their ability to lead healthy lives. Through this framework, then, it is easy to see that human trafficking is a reproductive justice issue.

January 11, 2009

New York Times Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

In your article, abortion is called “safe, legal and inexpensive.”

While this common procedure is safe and is mostly legal, despite aggressive regulation, it is not inexpensive. An abortion at 10 weeks’ gestation costs $523 on average, often out of pocket.

To term this “inexpensive,” especially in the current economy, is ludicrous.

January 4, 2009

For Privacy’s Sake, Taking Risks to End Pregnancy

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, quoted in this article about self-induced abortion:

“We do worry because we don’t know where women are getting the instructions from,” said Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, which was also a partner on the
Ibis study. “We imagine that there is misinformation on how to take it, which is why it could be hit or