Thursday, July 23, 2009
Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz (National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health): Young Latinos Shift Views on Abortion:
A recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life along with the Pew Hispanic Center, shows that among first-generation U.S. Hispanics, 65% believe abortion should be illegal, while only 43% of second-generation U.S. Hispanics share the same belief. In addition to statistics and opinions about the shift, this article discusses the personal accounts of two pregnant Latina women and their decisions.
In this current political atmosphere, it is intriguing to see how specific racial groups’ beliefs on abortion are portrayed. NLIRH Executive Director Silvia Henriquez summarizes the Latino perspective on abortion best in the article, stating “It’s very much ‘Maybe I wouldn’t make that decision myself, but it’s not my place to interfere in someone else’s decision.’” The Latina Institute will continue to fairly represent the voices of Latinas, while fighting for reproductive justice. As demonstrated in this article, the perspective on abortion for Latinos is progressing towards a more open minded space, and this is a part of the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice that the Latina Institute will continue to support and ensure for Latinas and their families.