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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Sunday, January 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic decision establishing the constitutional right to abortion, which was reversed in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization last June. 

“Nearly seven months ago, the Supreme Court decimated the rights established by Roe v. Wade, the effects of which are being felt acutely by people of color, including Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and particularly immigrants,” said Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). “AAPI women continue to face an arduous path to abortion care, fraught with language barriers, cultural stigmas, and low rates of insurance coverage.

Our commitment to the fight for full access to reproductive health care, including abortion care, did not begin nor will it end with the fall of Roe. We will continue to push for equitable access to health care for every person, including advocating to remove unnecessary barriers to immigrant communities through the Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Families (HEAL for Immigrant Families) Act and to repeal the Hyde Amendment

As we reflect upon the tireless efforts of those individuals during the earliest days of the fight for abortion rights to those who persist today, NAPAWF reaffirms its promise not to waver in the face of attacks on reproductive freedom and the devastating impacts those attacks have on our communities. We will continue to organize, mobilize, and build power with AAPI women and girls to enact change.”

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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.