Press Releases

Press Releases

We encouraged the inclusion of contraception in the definition of preventive services at The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) second public hearing on the definition of preventive health services for women last week. Our testimony asked the committee to include contraception in its definition of preventive services, a step that would treat contraception like any other preventive service and thereby require that it be available without a co-payment. Although several groups attempted to persuade the committee to not cover contraception, many organizations eloquently elevated women’s voices including Raising Women’s Voices, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, American Civil Liberties Union, and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Outrageous, that’s the phrase that came to mind as we watched the health care reform debates over the weekend. While health care reform passed a hurdle in the House of Representatives, women and immigrants were left on the sidelines.

What happened???

    •    In an effort to pass health care reform, Congress included an amendment that singled out and banned most abortions from all public and private health plans in the insurance exchange.  Women who think they may need an abortion in the future would be required to buy an additional insurance “abortion rider” with their own personal funds for coverage.

    •    Under the House bill, undocumented immigrants can buy into the public health insurance exchange with their own money. But, they are prevented from receiving any subsidies, affordability credits, or receive federal Medicaid.

    •    The 5-year ban on legal residents accessing public health benefits, including Medicaid, also remained intact.

Essentially politicians are saying that under current health care reform, women would have to plan for an unplanned pregnancy. 

Despite a devastating loss on the DREAM (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health applauds the Senate's 65-31

Yesterday, the questions from Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee continued during the Sotomayor’s Confirmation Hearings in Washington, DC. Judge Sotomayor was asked many questions about her views on abortion rights, based on cases such as Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood.

On October 26, 2006, the Nicaraguan Congress voted to ban ALL abortions, even those that could save the life of a woman. The Nicaraguan Congress passed the bill and President Enrique Bolaños is expected to sign it into law in order for the ban to take effect. Prison terms for seeking an abortion, or assisting a woman seeking one, can be up to 6 years. The Nicaraguan abortion ban if signed into law will have reverberating effects on Latinas’ access to reproductive healthcare here in the U.S. Why? Because we understand that it is these very obstacles that influence Latina immigrants’ perception of reproductive healthcare in the US which impede their access to the available services here.

On Monday, February 21st, President Obama unveiled the proposed health care reform plan that was discussed by Congress during the bi-partisan health care summit that took place on February 25th.

Last week the House took a historic and courageous action and voted to pass the urgently needed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. However, the Senate is stalled because there is an insufficient number of members willing to permit a vote on the DREAM (S3992).

DREAM would allow young undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States before they turned 16, a path to U.S. citizenship.

That's why we need you to urge your Senator to support the DREAM Act. This bill provides a much-needed route to lawful citizenship to the country many immigrant young people call home - contact your Senator today, and demand that we do this right away!