For Immediate Release
Latinas Applaud the Introduction of a Resolution Condemning Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers
WASHINGTON - The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health thanks Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Michael Bennet (CO) and Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO-1) and Louise Slaughter (NY-25) for introducing critical joint resolutions to condemn violence against women’s health providers and patients. NLIRH applauds this necessary response to the tragic attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood that left three dead and nine wounded.
Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:
“I am thrilled that members of congress have taken action to condemn the horrific attack in Colorado Springs and all violence, harassment or intimidation that takes place as people are accessing their constitutional right to basic healthcare. No one should ever enter a clinic in fear.
“I applaud the Senators and Representatives who introduced this critical measure and am grateful for the leadership of our Latino champions in congress who joined them. We understand that words matter, and we stand in solidarity against the rhetoric of hate and the dehumanization of women and abortion providers that ultimately led to the attack in Colorado. We will never be silenced by hate or violence.”
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.