When lawmakers restrict our reproductive rights and health, these barriers disproportionately impact women of color, low-income women, and others who face the largest barriers to thrive. Racist and sexist false stereotypes about AAPI women have been used to justify bans on abortions and excuse racial profiling of AAPIs. We boldly fight for a world where AAPI women and girls have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction, and advocate for policy and structural changes to a broad range of sexual and reproductive issues that intersect to impact our lives.
Fighting Sex-Selective and Race-Selective Abortion Bans
Sex- and race-selective abortion bans seek to make it illegal for health providers to perform abortions based on the sex of the fetus. These bans are cloaked in language to promote gender equality but instead use racist stereotypes to put abortion care further out of reach for AAPI women.
Fighting the Criminalization of Pregnancy Outcomes
We supported and worked towards the release of Purvi Patel, an Indian American woman who was wrongly criminalized and the first woman to ever have to go to jail for terminating her own pregnancy.
The Organizing Blueprint Report is the culmination of a community-based participatory research on Reproductive Justice issues among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in NYC.
AAPI women are taking back the narrative about who we are. Far-right politicians have been launching attacks on the reproductive decision-making of AAPI women. We ask our friends and allies across the country to push back on these sex-selective abortion bans. They do not only impact our community, they harm all women by opening the door to more and more abortion restrictions based on a woman’s motives, or projected motives.
The report draws on legal research, empirical analysis of U.S. census and birth statistics, field work in India, and an extensive review of scholarly publications in social sciences, law and other disciplines.
This reproductive justice agenda puts AAPI women and girls back into the national dialogue about reproductive justice.
An up-to-date version of our factsheet on SSABs as of October 10th.
The Title X “domestic gag rule,” proposed by HHS in May 2018 and finalized in February 2019, significantly blocks access to health care under Title X and denies women complete information about their full range of reproductive health care options.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the National Women’s Law Center commissioned PerryUndem to conduct a survey to inform communications to communities of color around the SCOTUS vacancy in mid-2018.
The ACA led to significant coverage gains for women of color, but rolling back the ACA’s financial assistance and coverage expansions will lead to women of color losing health coverage.
To this day, Hyde continues to create unjust obstacles to care for millions of people struggling to get by.
These bans affect a large number of people in Washington. AAPI are the fasting growing racial group in Washington. Washington has the fifth-largest Asian American community in the country. Washington’s AAPI community already struggles with substantial barriers to seeking and accessing health care services.
In 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), on behalf of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)-Maricopa County Branch, brought a lawsuit against the State of Arizona for passing a race- and sex- selective abortion ban.
For nearly two decades, a complicated web of federal and state policies has created significant barriers to accessing health insurance coverage for millions of immigrants in the United States. These policies disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of society, including low-income women, women of color, and children.
This amicus brief is in opposition to the Trump administration's revised rules regarding exemptions to the ACA's birth control coverage requirement.
This brief is in opposition to the Trump administration's revised rules regarding exemptions to the ACA's birth control coverage requirement.
In January 2019, NAPAWF, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiff Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic's challenge to its disqualification as a Medicaid provider in the state of South Carolina.
The briefs explain the harmful impact the rules would have on people of color, young people, transgender and gender nonconforming people, and others who already face multiple and intersecting barriers to health care and economic advancement.
This amicus brief is in opposition to two Trump administration rules issued in October 2017 that would allow virtually any employer or university claiming a religious or moral objection to be exempt from providing insurance coverage of birth control for their employees, students, and their dependents, which is currently required under the Affordable Care Act.
The brief, which applies a human rights and reproductive justice analysis, demonstrates that ORR’s actions violate unaccompanied immigrant minors’ fundamental rights by effectively denying access to abortion altogether. The brief was filed on behalf of a coalition of 34 diverse organizations committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice for women and for all people.
This amicus brief was filed in opposition to two Trump administration rules issued in October 2017 that would allow virtually any employer or university claiming a religious or moral objection to be exempt from providing insurance coverage of birth control for their employees, students, and their dependents, which is currently required under the Affordable Care Act.