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Reproductive Justice organizations express dismay that the Hyde amendment was added to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House Appropriations Committee marked up its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill for Fiscal Year 2020. This watershed spending bill reflects several progressive policies that matter to women of color. For the first time in more than 20 years, it includes funding to study gun violence and maternal mortality prevention.

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Applauds Introduction of the Equality Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Equality Act, a bill that would ensure federal protections for LGBTQ individuals, was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate with the largest number of supporters yet. More than 280 cosponsors in the House and Senate supported the historic legislation led by Representative David Cicilline and Senator Jeff Merkley.  

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Applauds Reintroduction of the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Holds ICE Responsible for Stillbirth at Port Isabel Detention Center

Austin, TX — This week, a 24-year-old Honduran woman went into premature labor at 27 weeks pregnant and had a stillbirth at the Port Isabel Detention Center. Nancy Cárdenas Peña, State Policy Associate Director, Texas Latina Advocacy Network (TX LAN) of National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement in response:

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Condemns Action Harming Access to Reproductive Health Care Services

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump-Pence administration released a copy of their harmful final rule that ends the Title X program as we know it. Title X is the only family planning program dedicated solely to providing comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services to individuals living with low-incomes and who are uninsured or underinsured.

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The Virginia Latina Advocacy Network Will Keep Fighting for the Reproductive Health Equity Act

RICHMOND, VA -- Today, the Reproductive Health Equity Act was heard in the Senate and House Commerce and Labor Committee after being introduced in the Senate by Senator Mamie Locke and the House by Delegate Marcia Price. Although the bill did not pass the committees, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (VA LAN) of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) celebrates Virginia’s proactive efforts to improve reproductive health care for thousands of Virginians.

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NLIRH Applauds Judge’s Decision to Protect Access to Birth Control

Washington, D.C.— Monday afternoon, a federal court in Pennsylvania issued a nationwide injunction, blocking the Trump-Pence Administration's attempt to rollback the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act.  This decision comes on the heels of a Sunday night ruling from a federal court in California that blocked the rules in 13 states, including Virginia and New York, and the District of Columbia. Without these preliminary injunctions, the harmful rules would have taken effect, impacting millions of Latinxs and their ability to access contraception.

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NLIRH Condemns Judge’s ACA Health Care Decision

Washington, D.C.— The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional in the case of Texas v. Azar. In February 2018, the Attorney General of Texas and 19 other states filed this suit and argued that the removal of the ACA’s individual mandate tax penalty, set to go into effect in 2019, invalidates the entirety of the ACA.

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NLIRH Applauds Passage of Ground-Breaking Maternal Deaths Bill

Washington, D.C.— Yesterday the Senate passed H.R. 1318, The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.  When signed into law, this groundbreaking legislation will establish a grant program through the CDC to enable all states to set up task forces to study the causes of maternal mortality and to help standardize maternal death data.  

Nina Esperanza Serrianne, policy analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement:

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Mourns Loss of Former U.S. Representative Ed Pastor

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) mourns the loss of U.S. representative Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Latino member of Congress, and celebrates his legacy. Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of NLIRH, issued the following statement:

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