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Legislation Aims To Decrease Teen Pregnancy and Dating Violence Among Young People of Color

Recognizing the need for a broader approach to address teen pregnancy in communities of color, including the role coercion and violence plays in unintended pregnancy, legislators today introduced a bill to help young people of color get information and skills they need to build healthy relationships.

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It's official: Birth control without co-pays

Today we have good news to share! The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided to eliminate costly birth control co-pays, and accepted other recommendations to improve women's health care, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Add your name to a thank you letter we'll send to the Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, for accepting these medically-based recommendations and supporting no-cost contraception.

What does this mean for Latinas?

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March for Immigration Reform this Sunday in DC!

This upcoming Sunday, March 21, thousands of people from all over the nation will fly, drive, and walk to Washington D.C. to march for immigration reform.

March for America, organized by Reform Immigration for America, is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm with an Interfaith Prayer Service on the National Mall.

Staff from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and other members of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) will be at the event handing out posters, pins and other information. To find us, just come to the corner of 12th and Madison Street on the North side of the National Mall.

See you there, and please spread the word!

More information available at our blog.

 

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National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health praises President Obama's National HIV/AIDS Plan

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health applauds the Obama Administration for its recent release of the United States’ first ever nation-wide comprehensive HIV/AIDS reduction strategy as part of the recent health care reform law.  With 56,000 new infections in the nation every year and 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, the strategy will focus on prevention through increased education, testing, and removing the stigma associated with the disease. 

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Reflections on the final day of confirmation hearings

Yesterday marked the final day of the confirmation hearings and the last day where the public will hear directly from Judge Sotomayor.  The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman hopes to have a full committee vote on Judge Sotomayor’s nomination next Tuesday, July 21st, 2009.

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Medicaid Restrictions on Abortion Leaves Millions of Latinas Without a "Choice"

Abortion may be legal in the United States, but the federal government effectively blocks this choice for poor women according to a new report released by the Guttmacher Institute this week. A study shows that one in four poor women who face an unintended pregnancy would like to choose abortion but cannot do so due to Medicaid restrictions. Latinas are disproportionately impacted, meaning that when it comes to unplanned pregnancy, millions of Latinas are left without a “choice.”

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Reflections on Day 3 of Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings

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.

 

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NLIRH Reflects on Day 2 of Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings

Day two of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings began with questions from Senators and Judge Sonia Sotomayor's answers under oath on the issues that impact the lives of our community. This conversation between the Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Judge Sotomayor marks one of the only times in which we will hear her explain her opinion on important issues affecting Latinas and all women. The right of privacy, upholding precedent and settled law such as Roe v. Wade were among the legal issues discussed during the second day of the hearings and are critical to ensure the reproductive rights and liberties of all Latinas.

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NLIRH meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

On Friday, June 26th, 2009, NLIRH, along with other advocacy organizations, met with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her staff regarding the status of reproductive health care in health care reform and her commitment to reproductive health care issues. NLIRH submitted its priorities for health care reform to senior HHS staff members.

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Women and Immigrants --- left on the sidelines of health care reform

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. 

 

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