National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Applauds Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013

Published: Friday, November 15th, 2013

Endorses response to attacks on women’s health, including abortion bans targeting Asian American women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 14, 2013
CONTACT: Shivana Jorawar,

Washington, D.C.— The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) applauds the introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act. The bill would create federal protections against state restrictions on women’s health that intrude upon personal decision-making. It includes protections against reason-based restrictions, including sex-selective abortion bans.

The bill was introduced on Wednesday by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

NAPAWF Executive Director Miriam Yeung stated:

“The vast majority—69 percent—of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women and men believe abortion is a private matter government should not interfere in. Since 2011, over 100 dangerous and unnecessary measures that obstruct a woman’s personal decision-making have passed into law.”

“We thank Rep. Judy Chu and her colleagues for working to protect women’s health and constitutional rights. Every pregnant woman faces her own unique circumstances and potential challenges, and she must be able to make her own decisions.”

“We are especially pleased this bill fights back against deceptive sex-selective abortion bans that are spreading like wildfire in the states. Over 60 of these bans have been proposed since 2009. Put forth by conservative politicians attempting to chip away at abortion rights under the guise of women’s equality, they promote negative stereotypes about Asian American women, encourage racial profiling in the doctor’s office, and do nothing to further equality for women.”

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