The Texas Latina’s arrest, which took place in the middle of a doctor’s visit, is about so much more than immigration policy.
The Aderholt Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act bans the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement funds to pay for abortion care for detained women, potentially further limiting immigrant women’s access to care.
Last month, I traveled to Geneva with our allies from the Center for Reproductive Rights to speak before the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of all of the women in my Texas community who are suffering from a lack of reproductive health care.
Conversations about reproductive rights in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley have been traveling beyond the region—to Austin, Washington, and Geneva, where members of the UN Human Rights Committee recently expressed concern over U.S. policies excluding people from health insurance coverage because of their immigration status.
The new bills would ban abortion as early as six weeks, make it extremely difficult for minors to obtain abortions, make all women wait longer to get an abortion, and force women carrying fetuses with fatal anomalies to hear about perinatal hospice options that may not even exist in the state.
On Thursday morning, we stood outside Congress as part of a group of 100 women leaders, and we demanded “salud, dignidad, y justicia”—health, dignity, and justice—for immigrant women.
As immigrant women continue to seek better lives in the United States—51 percent of new immigrants are women—we cannot neglect the impact health-care policies and anti-choice legislation have on their lives.
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.
The White House’s proposed budget condones a two-tier health system, in which women with private health insurance or private funds can exercise their right to an abortion, but poor women cannot.
Researchers say a recent New York Times piece on off-label misoprostol use misses the point, implying that New York City Latinas are seriously endangering their health while ignoring safe use in countries where abortion is illegal.