5 results for tag: Latinas


Exploring the Intersections of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Reproductive Justice movement – a.k.a. Stop Stealing Our Children

For those of us who do Reproductive Justice work, the emotional rollercoaster week that closed with the Senate’s passage of S. 744 that coupled further unnecessary and unethical border militarization with Comprehensive Immigration Reform was a busy one.  After an already “good, bad and ugly” mix of Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions that came down: DOMA, the Voting Rights Act (VRA), and the lesser discussed, yet gut wrenching decision on (the misnamed) Baby Girl v. Adoptive Parents regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), we have much to reflect upon and lots of work to do.  The Supreme Court justices sided with the adoptive parents in the ...

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 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 ...