What We Do

Contraceptive Equity

Every family needs to be able to make their own decisions about when and whether to become pregnant, give birth, and raise children.

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Background

Every family needs to be able to make their own decisions about when and whether to become pregnant, give birth, and raise children. Access to safe, effective, and affordable contraception (medicine that prevents pregnancy) is important to protect health and support these personal decisions. 

Why It Matters for Latinas

Latinas have been and continue to be uniquely affected by developments in contraceptive technology. Historically, Latinas and other women of color have been the targets of coercive contraceptive policy, including forced sterilization, promotion of more permanent methods of birth control, and dishonest contraceptive testing practices. 

Today, while we have more contraceptive options, cultural and linguistic differences often make Latinas the last to know about what is available. Additionally, because Latinas have the highest rate of uninsurance, seeing a provider and accessing affordable contraception is not an option for many women. The history of coerced contraception coupled with the current state of Latina sexual and reproductive health make it particularly important for Latinas to become proactive in their sexuality and contraceptive use.

How We Fight for Justice

NLIRH works to ensure that all Latinas are informed about all their options for safe, effective, and acceptable forms of contraception and family planning.