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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Opposes Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Press Release
Washington
Wilmarie Ríos Jaime Phone: (202) 754-8811 Email: wilmarie@latinainstitute.org

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Opposes Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. — Two major House committees today advanced the GOP-led House’s American Health Care Act -- meant to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- that includes defunding Planned Parenthood. Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement:

“As an organization committed to health equity, and the well-being of Latinxs, our families, and our communities, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health strongly opposes any and all efforts to repeal the ACA and to deny people with Medicaid coverage access to Planned Parenthood health centers. Today’s move on the part of Republican-led House committees is shortsighted and shameful and will block patients from accessing the vital reproductive care they need.

“Planned Parenthood health centers have played a critical role in ensuring quality reproductive healthcare for low-income women and women of color. For many Latinxs, regardless of immigration status, Planned Parenthood health centers are the only healthcare providers they will see: it is where they go to get essential reproductive care such as routine reproductive health exams, obtaining contraceptives, cervical cancer screenings, breast cancer screenings, pregnancy tests and STD and STI screenings. These are essential aspects of any health routine, and our communities cannot afford to go without them.

“In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, this bill slashes funding for Medicaid, which will have a disproportionately negative effect for people of color, and people trying to make ends meet. The implications for the Latinx community are disastrous: 3 out of 10 Latinas rely on Medicaid for their healthcare needs and a quarter live in poverty. Overall, the plan to remove ACA is disastrous, as this bill would remove an estimated 10 million people from the rolls of the insured by creating tax credits that benefit the wealthy at the expense of those who need affordable healthcare most.

“Attacks on Planned Parenthood and on Medicaid threaten to unravel the reproductive health safety net and general healthcare that our Latinx community needs. As members of the Latinx community, we will not tolerate any attempts to cut our family and community off from quality healthcare, and will stand strong to protect this right for Latinxs and other persons of color.”

 

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at latinainstitute.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.

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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.