National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum testifies in Congress on so-called ‘race- and sex-selective abortion’ bans

Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

For Immediate Release

Date: April 14, 2016


Kimberly Inez McGuire

Executive Director Miriam Yeung challenges House committee to stop attacks on women’s health

NEW YORK — Today, the Constitution and Civil Justice subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold hearings on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a proposed ban of so-called “race- and sex-selective” abortions. National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Executive Director Miriam Yeung is scheduled to be the only witness in support of reproductive freedom — including access to safe, legal abortion. Yeung issued the following statement in anticipation of the hearing:

“PRENDA threatens women’s health and perpetuates the racist myth that Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) families do not value girls. Even though it is cloaked in the language of civil and women’s rights, this bill is antithetical to gender and racial equality. Rather than protect baby girls, this bill will endanger women’s health and restrict women’s rights.

“AAPI women already face grave health disparities and barriers to health access. This bill exacerbates those disparities by further restricting access to comprehensive health care services and penalizing health care providers who serve women from our community. By turning doctors into detectives and demanding that they investigate their patients’ motives for accessing abortion, Congress will interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. By assuming AAPI women, because of our culture, will choose to terminate pregnancies based on sex, this bill will turn us into suspects and singles AAPI women out for invasive scrutiny of our motives.

“They say they want to protect baby girls, but we know better. If the sponsors of PRENDA really cared about women and girls, they would ask women, especially AAPI women, what support we need. If they wanted to advance women, they would enact policies that truly empower women, such as those that promote equal pay, increased employment opportunities and health equity.

“PRENDA is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather than lifting the status of women, it is nothing more than a cynical, deceptive attempt to ban abortion.”


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF): NAPAWF is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls.

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