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Latino Groups Affirm Baseline Coverage for Women

Dear President Obama,

As national leaders in the movement for Latino rights and equality, we support full reproductive rights, including access to birth control for all women, and reject efforts that put the preferences of insurance companies and employers over the right of women to make their own contraceptive health decisions in consultation with their doctors.

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Gracias to the Obama Administration for joining this year's blog carnival!

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a post on our Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz's blog today. 

Just one year ago, during our first ever Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, Latinas from across the nation sent letters to the Obama Administration urging them to consider birth control an essential part of preventive care. Today we launch our second annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice with news that Secretary Sebelius responded to our comments by issuing groundbreaking regulations, making it affordable for many more Latinas to have health care such as birth control, cancer screenings, and well woman exams.

Be sure to follow the Blog Carnival every day this week -- or join us with a blog of your own!

 

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Don't let DREAM die!

Last week the House took a historic and courageous action and voted to pass the urgently needed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. However, the Senate is stalled because there is an insufficient number of members willing to permit a vote on the DREAM (S3992).

DREAM would allow young undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States before they turned 16, a path to U.S. citizenship.

That's why we need you to urge your Senator to support the DREAM Act. This bill provides a much-needed route to lawful citizenship to the country many immigrant young people call home - contact your Senator today, and demand that we do this right away!

 

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We're still hard at work on health care reform

Now that health care reform has passed, the work in implementing the statute is in full force. Agencies that are charged with bringing the legislation to life have been tackling issues that affect the Latina community and we have been there at every step to help guide the administration as it goes forward.

Below you will find a comprehensive update of how NLIRH is participating in the ongoing health care reform process.

 

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Great News -- Ad Company Agreed to Pull Racist and Offensive Anti-Choice Billboard Today!

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.

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Introducing: What's the real problem?

 

For the last couple of years, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has been doing a lot to turn around the conversation on teen pregnancy and young motherhood. From sitting on advisory tables on reproductive health at the White House, to releasing our white paper on removing stigma, to working with legislators to introduce legislation that would help young mothers succeed, we’ve been challenging the stigmatizing narratives that paint young mothers as irresponsible, hopeless, and drains on the state.

So it is with great excitement that we present our newest campaign: What’s the Real Problem?

 

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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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