Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Women of Color Advocate for Health Care Reform
National Latina Institute: National Latina Institute and Women of Color United Demand Demand Health Care Reform Now, by Samantha Harper:
Concerned women of color from around the country are sounding off on health care reform this Tuesday, October 27 in a national Congressional call-in day organized by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and other members of the Women of Color United for Health Reform. Activists are urged to call Congress and demand passage of a health care bill that ensures access to high-quality, affordable and easily accessible comprehensive health care for all.
“Latinas are the fastest growing segment of small-business owners, yet nearly 40% of us are uninsured. Women, particularly Latinas, and immigrants are being treated as negotiating chips in health care debates,” said Silvia Henriquez, executive director of NLIRH. “The health of women is vital to the health of our families and this nation.”
Working in coalition with social justice groups and communities of color, NLIRH has put forward a policy agenda that advocates for the inclusion of comprehensive coverage for reproductive health care services, including cervical cancer screenings, breast exams, contraception, and abortion access, for all residents in the United States.