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Securing Real Choices Means Going Beyond “Choice”

I fervently identified as pro-choice. However, how I define abortion rights is not as simple as being pro-choice. At the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, we are faced with talking about abortion rights within the broader context of women’s real lives.

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The Other Fight in Health Reform: Immigrants’ Access to Medical Coverage

As important as it is, the focus in the media on the abortion ban in the House bill obscures an equally important issue: immigrant access to medical coverage. If this isn’t addressed, the final bill will be outdated before the President’s ink dries.

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Policies to Curb Latina Teen Pregnancies Have Failed

Latina teens give birth at a rate more than twice that of white teens. Many of the policies intended to address this are misguided and have been largely ineffective. We need a dramatically different approach.

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Safeguarding Young Latinos: A Common Ground Perspective

Many young Latinos’ sexual and reproductive health needs fall outside of
the scope of pregnancy prevention. As a result, focusing on teen pregnancy prevention as a main "common ground" strategy is an incomplete framework.

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Latina Teen Pregnancy Surveys Should Avoid Blame

Information about Latina teen pregnancy and childbirth should be presented in a way that enables the public to understand the exact dimension and context of the issue.

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The Right to an Affordable and Accessible Abortion: An abstract right for Latinas?

Silvia Henriquez is the Executive Director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Thirty-four years ago the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the right to an abortion. While this certainly was a milestone and victory for women in the United States, we also must understand how this decision impacts women from all backgrounds and communities.

The Latina community is incredibly diverse. Many of us are immigrants or our parents were immigrants, while others have been here for generations. We come from many different places: Caribbean Islands, Mexico and more recently from South and Central America. Our cultural diversity, varied immigration status and personal experiences in the United States all contribute to how a Latina will perceive her right to an abortion and her understanding of this right.

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