Judge’s misguided decision on Arizona abortion law hurtful to Asian American Pacific Islander, African American women

Published: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Yesterday, a federal district court in Arizona dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona on behalf of the NAACP of Maricopa County and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

The lawsuit challenged a state law that relies on harmful racial stereotypes to shame and discriminate against black, Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies. Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, released the following statement in response to the dismissal:


“We are disappointed the court refused to hear this case, instead choosing to dismiss it on procedural grounds. This law unfairly stereotypes Asian American and African American women and perpetuates anti-immigrant sentiment. The court’s denial that stigma causes real harm is misguided and frankly false. We, and the millions of women of color who live with bias every day, understand its real-world impact on our health and our livelihood.


“Racial discrimination is unconstitutional, and we’re working with our legal team to determine next steps for putting an end to this bigoted law.”

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