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Friday, November 6, 2015

Latinas affirm support of contraceptive coverage for all women

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Reversal of contraception coverage would harm Latinas

Washington, D.C.-Today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will hear challenges to the accommodation process for religiously affiliated non-profit organizations who object to providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, released the following statement:  ​

“We know that our community overwhelmingly supports contraceptive coverage. We also know that Latinas already struggle to access affordable contraception, leading to higher rates of unintended pregnancy.”​

“The Affordable Care Act’s expansion of birth control coverage was an important health care win for our community and one the court should uphold for Latinas who work at religiously affiliated non-profits, such as nursing homes and schools.  These women are doing valuable work for the community and the decision to use birth control is a personal one that should not be determined by the religious beliefs of employers. It simply defies common sense how filling out a form is a “substantial burden on religious exercise” for these nonprofits. Our deep hope is that the Supreme Court upholds the extension of birth control within the ACA for those working at these organizations, making contraception more accessible for Latinas and all women.”​

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