FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2020
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, firstname.lastname@example.org
(WASHINGTON)—The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) condemns today’s Senate vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and other women of color stand to be critically impacted by the next Supreme Court justice, who will have opportunities to vote on decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act, the right to abortion, and potentially voting rights as they pertain to the election currently underway.
NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement:
“Since Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court seat and the rushed confirmation process began, 20,000 more people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. The Senate has done nothing about it. Instead, it prioritized Trump’s political agenda to confirm a justice who has made clear she will overturn the Affordable Care Act, taking health care away from millions, and undermine our reproductive rights.
Throughout her career, Barrett has demonstrated a disregard for Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s lives and we expect her to use her new position on the Supreme Court to do more of the same. But our vision and our fight for a world in which AAPI women have the political, economic, and social power to make decisions regarding our bodies, families, and lives is unwavering. We won’t be caught in the defensive fight to protect only the legality of abortion or to assert our humanity to those who continue the daily assaults on our rights and dignity. We demand better and we will continue to build power to ensure that our demands are met.”
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.