Published: March 31, 2017
AP(Eye) on the Hill is our weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!
- Rep.Senators and VP Pence vote to repeal protections for abortion care providers
- Planned Parenthood hosts rally to protect reproductive healthcare in Washington, D.C.
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announces AAPI civil rights leader Vanita Gupta as next President and CEO
- Dem. House Members Hold Forum on Impact of Trump Immigration Policies on Children and Families
- Arkansas Governor Hutchinson signs racist anti-abortion bill
Republican Senators and Vice President Pence vote to repeal protections for abortion care providers[caption id="attachment_14565" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images[/caption]
On March 30th, the Senate voted 51-50 to repeal a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHSA) rule mandating that states could not discriminate against qualified reproductive healthcare providers through the Title X program. Conservative members of Congress have repeatedly tried to undermine Title X funding to family planning clinics that provide abortion care, targeting Planned Parenthood specifically. Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Senate to cast a tie breaking vote.
- Read NAPAWF’s statement on the Senate’s vote to allow states to discriminate against family planning centers based on who they help and what services they offer.
- National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: “Senate Votes to Block Access to Basic Reproductive Healthcare”
- NARAL: “NARAL Statement on Senate Vote to Move Forward with Reversing Pro-Choice Title X Regulation”
- Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI): “Hirono Denounces “Unrelenting Republican Crusade” Against Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood hosts rally to protect reproductive healthcare in Washington, D.C
On Wednesday, March 29th, Planned Parenthood gathered supporters on Capitol Hill to host a #PinkOut Rally to show support for Planned Parenthood and resistance against continued political attacks towards the organization. The rally was kicked off by two incredible AAPI student advocates for Planned Parenthood who emphasized the need for reproductive justice for women of color and immigrants in their speeches. The rally also featured speeches from local student advocates, Senator Murray (D-WA) and Senator Schumer (D-NY), and Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA) President Cecile Richards.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announces AAPI civil rights leader Vanita Gupta as next President and CEO[caption id="attachment_14566" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Source: Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images[/caption]
Vanita Gupta, the former head of the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, has been selected as the next president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR). Starting June 1, Vanita Gupta will be the first woman, the first AAPI person, and the first child of immigrants to lead the coalition of 200+ social justice organizations.
- Read the remarks by leaders from the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) on Ms. Gupta’s new and historic role in LCCHR!
Democratic House Members Hold Forum on Impact of Trump Immigration Policies on Children and Families[caption id="attachment_14567" align="aligncenter" width="364"] Source: House Democrats[/caption]
On Wednesday, March 29th, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) hosted a forum to discuss the impact of immigration policies on children and families. The forum was sponsored by the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, of which they are both co-chairs. The central focus of the forum was impact on family separation on the mental health and wellness of families and communities, with panelists from organizations including the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, The Women’s Refugee Commission, and the Child Health Advocacy Institute.
State Recap: Arkansas Governor Hutchinson signs racist anti-abortion bill
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Act 733, a sex-selective abortion ban on Wednesday, March 29th. This is the first state sex-selective ban to pass in 2017. The law uses the language of non-discrimination to target and limit abortion access for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women.
- Read NAPAWF’s statement on Arkansas’s sexist, racist, and anti-immigrant anti-abortion bill.
- Arkansas' Sex-Selection Abortion Ban Would Discriminate Against Asian American Women (Updated) by Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Rewire
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- April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month: Stay updated on events and collaborations throughout the month.