June 29, 2020
Contact: Donna De La Cruz
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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that requires physicians who provide abortion care to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic. 

Justice Breyer, writing for the majority, found Louisiana’s law “imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the nearly identical Texas law invalidated four years ago.”

“This is a win for the continued legality of abortion, and it spurs us on to keep fighting to expand abortion access for all communities beyond that legal right,” said Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. “The right to abortion has always been more tangible for some people in this country than for others and the AAPI community faces unique challenges to accessing abortion. The layers of affordability, immigration status, and race collide to complicate the reality of who is able to exercise our rights and our fight is to not only to protect the right to abortion, but to widen access to it, so that our communities may take part in what should be this fundamental freedom.”

“This case’s progress through the lower courts demonstrate the need for judges who recognize our rights,” said Da Hae Kim, Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy Manager of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. “Rather than wait for harmful rulings to come down, we must prevent the courts from harming our communities in the first place. We can and must oppose judicial nominees with track records that demonstrate harm to AAPI pregnant people.”

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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.