Press Releases

Press Releases

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.

Despite herculean effort by our grassroots activists- including gathering 1,800 letters in just two days in Texas - the Senate failed to take up the Department of Defense reauthorization bill which stopped the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) (S.729) from a vote this week.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is deeply disappointed by the politicians who disregarded the desire of their constituents to give undocumented youth, who have grown up in the United States, the means to step out of the shadows, pursue education, and accomplish their goals.  NLIRH would like to applaud the efforts of Senators Harry Reid (NV) and Richard Durbin (IL) for their leadership in advocating for the DREAM Act and the millions of young people that the bill would benefit.  Educational attainment is one way that Latinas can have access to information, resources and services that will help them make informed and autonomous decisions.

Great News! We just learned from our colleagues at the Women of Color Policy Network that Lamar Advertising is pulling down the racist and offensive billboard by the anti-choice organization, Life Always, in Soho after an outpouring of calls and emails from reproductive health activists and communities of color.

Following a letter to Peter Costanza, Vice President and General Manager of LaMar Billboards, written by the Women of Color Policy Network, Mr. Costanza responded affirmatively that they would remove the billboard.

We did it! Another successful Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice comes to a close.

This year, under the theme Caminamos: Justice for Immigrant Women we advocated for immigrant women's rights and for recentering gender in the immigration dialogue.

Our timing couldn't have been better. Just as the Week of Action was wrapping up, Department of Homeland Security announced they would be voiding the state contracts involved in the Secure Communities program, which effectively removes the right of states to opt out. We know how harmful this program is for immigrant women, which is why we'd been urging you all to take action and demand that Secretary Napolitano halt the program.

We'll keep up the pressure until we know that immigrant women's needs are being met.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Week of Action, and we look forward to engaging with you next year! You can see photos from our events on our facebook page.

Letter from a coalition of organizations, including Raising Women's Voices and Women of Color United for Health Reform, to Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi, outlining recommendations for the final health care reform bill.

 Statement from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan would become the third woman to sit on the nine-person court, making it the most representation by women in the history of the court. Solicitor General Kagan would fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, a long-time supporter of civil and reproductive rights.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) applauds President Obama for his decision to nominate a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan is a well-qualified nominee with extensive legal experience, who has long been known for challenging traditional stereotypes. A former Harvard Law School Dean, she currently is the first woman to hold the position of Solicitor General.

NLIRH, as part of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women's Rights, issued this statement regarding the recent anti-immigrant strategies. 

National leaders in the movement for women’s rights and equality are denouncing the dehumanizing anti-immigrant rhetoric and unjust attacks on basic human rights, including citizenship.

Anti-immigrant lawmakers and groups have prioritized targeting the children of immigrants, despite constitutional protections under the 14th amendment.

“Instead of focusing on real problems facing America, it is telling that these lawmakers have made targeting women and babies their first act of the new year,” said Miriam Yeung of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

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?

Every year on March 8th, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women – past, present and future. While every day should be International Women’s Day, today marks the day that we celebrate ordinary women as makers of herstory — a “day rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men,” the United Nations says.