Jessica González-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health argues that Latinas are disproportionately impacted by a lack coverage for birth control – and the community will not sit by quietly.
It all started with the Hobby Lobby decision at the end of June. When the Court issued its opinion, SCOTUS watchers and those committed to women’s equality warned that the country had been set on a slippery slope. In a disastrous decision made by the male five-justice majority, CEOs of corporations would now be able to deny employees any number of services – including birth control coverage – based on personal religious beliefs.
Concerns centered on the elimination of access to contraception coverage, which disproportionately affects Latinas and women of color. We know that Latinas use and support contraception in large numbers — and that the stakes are higher for our community. One in four Latinas lives in poverty, putting out-of-pocket health care costs out of reach for millions. Latinas also struggle to access affordable prenatal care and abortion services, so an unintended pregnancy in many cases means even a greater toll on our health and economic security.