AP(Eye) on the Hill is our bi-weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!

Policy Recap

  • Trump administration issues Title X domestic gag rule

  • Supreme Court paves way for Arkansas’ ban on medication abortion

  • Supreme Court issues harmful ruling against workers’ rights

  • Congressional Tri-Caucus reintroduces comprehensive health equity bill

Trump administration issues Title X domestic gag rule

Photo credit: Planned Parenthood Action

The Trump administration formally issued the domestic gag rule last Tuesday night after some delay following its initial announcement. The new eligibility requirements would effectively implement what is called a “domestic gag rule,” in which recipients of Title X funds can neither perform abortion nor even refer patients to abortion services, even though Title X funds cannot be used for abortions. In addition, the rule states that Title X projects do not need to provide the most effective forms of birth control, undermining the program’s effectiveness and intent. Over half of patients served by Title X are women of color, and 13% are Limited English Proficient.

  • Read NAPAWF’s statement condemning the rule
  • Read more about the history of the domestic gag rule, its details, and the effect it would have across the country
  • Learn more about other attempts by the Trump administration to undermine the Title X program

 

Supreme Court paves way for Arkansas’ ban on medication abortion

Photo credit: The Atlantic

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on an Arkansas law that bans medication abortion, effectively letting it stand. The law, which bans the FDA-approved abortion pill unless a provider has a contract with a doctor with admitting privileges, is now expected to take effect in mid-July. The law is expected to force two of the three abortion clinics in Arkansas to close, further restricting access to safe and legal abortion for women, especially low-income women, rural women, and women of color. Arkansas will be the first state to ban medication abortion.

  • Read NAPAWF’s statement on this ruling
  • Learn about how a report released earlier this year reaffirmed that abortion pills are safe

 

Supreme Court issues harmful ruling against workers’ rights

Photo credit: National Employment Law Project

Last week, the Supreme Court, in Epic Systems Corp vs. Lewisruled that companies can use arbitration clauses to prohibit workers from banding together when taking legal action over workplace issues. Arbitration clauses are used to resolve disputes through a private third party instead of a public court so that workers have to settle their disputes individually instead of being able to band as a collective. This ruling places the advantage on employers and strongly disfavors workers when fighting illegal workplace abuses such as wage theft, sexual harassment, pay discrimination, race discrimination, and pregnancy discrimination. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting.

Congressional Tri-Caucus reintroduces comprehensive health equity bill

Photo credit: Center for American Progress

Last week, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) reintroduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (H.R. 5942), or HEAA. Reintroduced in every Congress since 2007, HEAA is supported by the Congressional Tri-Caucus (Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus) and is comprehensive legislation that aims to eliminate health disparities in communities of color. HEAA addresses a wide range of health concerns including enhancing culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare, improving data collection and disaggregation, protecting immigrants from enforcement when seeking health services, and increasing access to sexual health services for youth. The bill will be introduced on the Senate side by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in the coming days.

  • Read NAPAWF’s statement on the reintroduction of HEAA
  • If your representative is not already a cosponsor of the bill, call them and ask them to support it!

Legal News:

NAPAWF has signed on to an amicus curiae brief filed by the National Women's Law Center and other organizations in Parker v. Reema Consulting Services (Fourth Circuit), arguing that sex-based rumors spread in the workplace about a female employee "sleeping her way to the top" - being promoted on the basis of sexual activity rather than merit - is harassment on the basis of gender/sex and therefore forms the basis of a sexual harassment claim under Title VII.

NAPAWF served as co-counsel on an amicus brief filed in the Ninth Circuit by NAPAWF, SisterLove, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the National Women's Law Center, and other reproductive justice, rights, and health organizations, to challenge the Trump Administration's issuance of rules that permit employers and universities/colleges to refuse to cover birth control for employees and students on the bases of religious or "moral" objections. The brief highlighted the particularly harmful impact that denials of birth control coverage will have on women of color, immigrant women, low-income women, young people and LGBTQ people, who already face systemic barriers to access to reproductive health care.

NAPAWF in the News

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Want to join a multi-city team working for reproductive justice for AAPI women, girls, trans, and gender nonconforming folks? Help us find our next NAPAWF organizers and coordinator! We are looking for:

Deputy Director of Programs (Washington, DC)

Development Manager (Chicago, IL or Atlanta, GA)

Georgia Senior Organizer (Atlanta, GA)

Chicago Organizer (Chicago, IL)

New York City Senior Organizer (New York, NY)

More information is available here: https://www.napawf.org/jobs.html

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