SD Governor signs bill that discriminates against Asian women

Published: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

For Immediate Release

March 27, 2014

Contact: Andrea Hagelgans, 212.255.2575

SD Governor signs bill that discriminates against Asian women

Hypocritical bill creates mistrust between doctors and women

NEW YORK —South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed an anti-abortion bill that relies on racial stereotypes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Just recently, South Dakota lawmakers made unsubstantiated claims that South Dakota’s Asian community is practicing sex-selective abortions. South Dakota’s Asian American population increased by 70 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and a leading advocate against these harmful types of bills, released the following statement:

“Once again, South Dakota is at the center of abortion politics. Instead of welcoming Asian American women, who are the backbones of their communities and families, South Dakota’s governor has signed a purposefully misleading bill that undermines our health as women and discriminates against us as Asian Americans.

“Our community has made it clear we don’t support these misleading, stigmatizing bans that hurt us and only serve to exacerbate the health disparities we already face. Nearly 2,000 women and men from South Dakota and around the country signed a petition condemning the racist legislation.

“If these legislators truly cared about AAPI women, they would support policies that help our community, like culturally competent sex education and laws to prevent sexual and domestic violence. These hypocritical bills are designed to ban abortion, plain and simple.”

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