7 results for tag: Abortion


The woman who held my hand

Last month, we officially released our "Latinas and the "A" word" infographics and fact sheets detailing the attitudes of Latin@s about abortion, the barriers in accessing abortion, and the dangers crisis pregnancy centers pose for our communities. In reflecting about how all of these issues impact our lives, we wanted the statistics to be more than just numbers on a page.  Latinas navigate many stereotypes - particularly around our reproductive and sexual health decisions, therefore CLRJ understands the importance of continuing to uplift the multi-faceted realities of our communities.  In order to do this, we turned to our Latin@ friends and ...

El Gran Compromiso: How the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Silences Immigrant’s Health and Well Being

CLRJ is pleased to join our hermanas, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) for the 4th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice this week! In this critical moment when Congress and the nation are considering options to reform our inadequate and unethical immigration system, immigrant women's needs continue to be left behind. We must raise our voices louder than ever to recognize and acknowledge the critical role immigrant women play in our nation's social fabric and strongly affirm and protect the human rights of all people, ...

NOT a “Poster Community” for Conservative Politics

By Ena Suseth Valladares- CLRJ Director of Research  Contrary to popular perception, we Latin@s* are not ALL socially conservative, nor are we all uniformly religious, nor do we all think in a singular way.  This is because we are NOT a monolithic group of people - our ethnic roots span a vast geographical area - we are Black, Indigenous, mixed race, Asian and white - and some of us are all of the above. Collectively we speak hundreds of languages, practice many religions and have a rich cultural diversity.   And although most of us may hold family as an important value – we also have differing views on what a family entails.  En masse we ...

Reclaiming Spaces: Latinas and Abortion in the U.S.

By Myra Durán, Policy Coordinator This year marks the 40th anniversary of the historical Roe v Wade ruling in 1973. With this monumental legislative win come several reflections, blogposts, events and panel discussions about how this case has impacted women’s access to abortion care here in the U.S.  There will be lively conversations about the constant attacks to abortion from national and state policymakers, tributes to those pioneers who were instrumental in getting Roe passed, and there may even be talks on what role the younger generation has played in ensuring the right to abortion remains intact. As one of those young women, I have been ...

40 Aniversario del Caso Roe contra Wade

By Sylvia Barron, CLRJ Board of Directors A pesar de haber llegado a la edad de 7 años a este país, no fue hasta los 32 años que por azares del destino me vine enterando lo que esta ley tan significativa representa para las mujeres y/o parejas acerca del derecho a decidir sobre nuestro cuerpo. Veinticinco años de trabajar en salud reproductiva, comprometida abogar para que este derecho no sea eliminado por las campañas radicales de los grupos derechistas, me pregunto ¿porque no hemos avanzado en informar y educar a la población latina de primera y segunda generación con respecto a esta ley? Tristemente, en cada elección esta ley es ...

40 at 40: My Lifetime with Roe

By Laura Jimenez, Executive Director On January 22 of this year, women’s health advocates and our allies will be celebrating the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case that made abortions legal in the United States in 1973.  A few weeks later, I will celebrate my 40th birthday.  I learned of this coincidence 10 years ago when Roe turned 30 and I was contacted by someone who was writing a piece about feminists who were celebrating the same age as this groundbreaking decision.  At that time, I was still enjoying the adrenaline rush of being the mother of an almost 2-year old daughter and at the same time was fully involved in the birth of ...

A Young Latina’s Reflection on “Choice”

By Anonymous- Reproductive Justice advocate The 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade is approaching and I wonder if being a Latina limits my access to a safe and legal abortion? Coming from a conservative Catholic family and a community whose public education doesn’t provide comprehensive sex education, I could’ve easily blamed myself for becoming pregnant while away from home. ¿Por qué no pensé? ¿Por qué hice una estupidez? (Why wasn’t I thinking? Why such stupidity?) These overwhelming questions could’ve prevented me from realizing that this could’ve happened to anyone. Swaying me to believe that becoming pregnant should be a ...