By Desiree Caro
While our 4th annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice might be over, the fight to protect women’s health, dignity, and decision-making is still going strong. This month, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) has partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and many other organizations for the #31DaysOfUnity campaign. Together, we have joined forces to put a stop to the attacks on women’s access to safe, legal, and affordable reproductive health care. #31DaysOfUnity works to address many of the injustices that women in the US face on a daily basis—from the lack of abortion coverage for members of the Peace Corps to the numerous legislative attacks on women’s decision making that have emerged over the past two years.
Earlier this month, NLIRH hosted its 4th annual Week of Action to galvanize support for immigrant women. The immigration reform legislation that recently passed in the Senate forces many immigrant women and families to wait at least 15 years before being able to visit a doctor, regardless of the fact that they will be working and paying into health care programs throughout that time. This proposed immigration reform legislation poses a serious threat to women’s health. For many women, especially those who are at high risk for cervical cancer, access to a physician means the difference between life and death. Safe, legal, and affordable reproductive health care should be available to all women– regardless of immigration status.
On Wednesday, August 21st, NLIRH and the #31DaysOf Unity campaign will work together to ensure that equal access to reproductive health care is a priority for our members of congress and within our national discourse.
- Take a picture with our Yo Te Apoyo sign, explaining why reproductive health is important to you. Submit your photo today to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also sign our petition to Congress to let them know that 15 years is just too long to wait!
- Finally, you can visit the #31DaysOfUnity campaign page for even more ways to take action.