Press Releases

Press Releases

The fight for health care reform has reached its last stage, and the bills passed by the House and the Senate are currently being merged by Democratic leadership.  It has been long and it has been tough, and now we are advocating for the best possible result even though closed-door meetings have replaced an open conference process.   Our efforts have not led us where we would have liked given the momentous opportunity that health care reform presented.  Certainly, the final bill will contain a number of key provisions that will improve the way people access health care by ending pre-existing conditions exclusions, expanding Medicaid, and ending gender-rating (the practice of charging women more than men for similar policies).  Although we knew from the beginning that this legislation would not create a system of truly universal health care, we dedicated our best efforts into improving reform options for Latinas and their families.

We're thrilled to announce that today begins our 2nd Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice! 

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

Immigrant women are facing increasing attacks on their reproductive health and livelihood in the US while the real problems facing our communities are not addressed. 

All the ways to get involved in the Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice are below. Please join us!

How can you get involved in the Week of Action?

Just before its end, the Bush Administration put in place a set of regulations that would allow any employee of a health care provider to refuse to treat any individual receiving any services that would violate the employee’s moral beliefs, dramatically and unnecessarily expanding conscientious refusal protections and undermining the importance of reproductive health.

Now is the time to make your voice heard. Let Charles E. Johnson, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services know that we will not stand for scientifically inaccurate policies meant to undermine reproductive justice!

Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes extending medical insurance to all Californians, including undocumented immigrants. The Californian Governor wants to transform the health care market by spreading the $12 billion cost of universal coverage among employers, individuals, insurers, government and health care providers.

A new survey conducted by Lake Research Partners found that strong majorities of Latino registered voters supported access to legal abortion, affirmed that they would offer support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion, and opposed politicians interfering in personal, private decisions about abortion.

This new research confirms what NLIRH has known for a long time--there are widespread misconceptions when it comes to Latino attitudes toward abortion.

See more about this groundbreaking new polling here

Yesterday marked the first day of the historic judicial confirmation hearings of an extremely qualified, Latina nominee for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Honorable Sonia Sotomayor.