I don’t get race-based promotion of “reproductive health” by so-called leaders among the various ethnic communities. It sounds all so eugenic to me.
Writing at CNN.com, Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, says, “With Democrats in the White House and both houses of Congress, [Latina women] believed that we could stop playing defense and actually advance women’s rights, including access to abortion.” She adds:
After 30-plus years of the Hyde amendment, a Guttmacher Institute report released this year indicates that among Medicaid-eligible women — that is, low income — who would have an abortion if it were paid for by the government, one in four instead continue the pregnancy to term in the absence of funding. This is because politicians prevent federal tax dollars from covering the procedure.
Moreover, the proposed House and Senate bills both maintain the five-year ban on legal permanent residents accessing publicly funded benefits, including Medicaid, leaving millions of legal residents without coverage for basic medical needs.
According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 38 percent of Latinas are uninsured, compared with 14.7 percent non-Hispanic white women, and more than half of all immigrants are women.
The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2050, one in four Americans will be Latina. As Latinas, we will be disproportionately affected if we do not have a health care package that includes access to the full range of reproductive health services.
Unless Henriquez and her pro-abortion allies get their way. If Hispanics are disproportionately affected by abortion funding decisions and she is arguing for money for “abortion care” for Hispanics, what she is effectively arguing for is fewer Hispanic children and a smaller Hispanic population than is being predicted. I don’t get how what she is saying and what a racist might say, other than Henriquez dresses her position up in the language of “equality” and “reproductive rights.”