AP(Eye) on the Hill is our biweekly 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

  • Federal judges block Trump administration's birth control rules
  • Federal judge strikes down citizenship question for 2020 census
  • Kentucky introduces multiple abortion bans, including sex-selective abortion ban

 

Federal judges block Trump administration's birth control rules

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On Monday, a federal court in Pennsylvania issued a nationwide injunction on the Trump administration's attempt to roll back the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) birth control mandate. The decision follows a ruling on Sunday night in which a California judge blocked the rule from taking effect in thirteen states and the District of Columbia. The Trump rules stated that employers could refuse to cover birth control in the insurance plans they offer if they have a religious or moral objection.

  • Read our op-ed on how the Trump administration's attacks on contraception harm AAPI women
  • Learn more about "religious refusals" in providing reproductive healthcare and why they are harmful
  • NAPAWF, along with the National Women's Law Center, NLIRH and SisterLove filed amicus briefs in support of the motions for preliminary injunction in the California and Pennsylvania cases, informing the court of the harm these new rules would inflict on women of color, LGBTQ individuals and others who face intersecting forms of oppression

 

Federal judge blocks citizenship question from 2020 census

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On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration's plans to add a question on the 2020 census about a person's citizenship status. On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that it will appeal the judge's ruling. House Democrats plan on reintroducing the 2020 Census IDEA Act, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), in order to ensure that every person regardless of citizenship status is counted in the census. The intent of a census is to count all residents living in the US, and a question asking respondents if they are a US citizen or not could discourage immigrants from filling out census forms and result in inaccurate counts. Furthermore, an inaccurate count that largely excludes immigrants would skew many other decisions, such as investment of tax dollars or redistricting Congressional seats. House Democrats plan on reintroducing the 2020 Census IDEA Act, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), in order to ensure that every person regardless of citizenship status is counted in the census.

  • Read this fact sheet on why the citizenship question is harmful for our communities 
  • See a map of where the citizenship question could do the most harm

 

Kentucky introduces multiple abortion bans, including sex-selective abortion ban

Last week, Kentucky introduced several abortion bans in the state legislature, including one that prohibits doctors from performing abortions on the basis of sex, race, or disability of the fetus. Sex-selective abortion bans are especially harmful for AAPI women because they are based on the false stereotype that AAPI women prefer male babies. Instead, they open the door for racial profiling of AAPI women and are just attempts to restrict access to abortion. The other abortions bans introduced include: a ban on abortions after six weeks (at which point most women don't know they are pregnant), a ban on all abortions in Kentucky if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and an attempt to restrict medication abortion.

  • See NAPAWF's fact sheet on sex-selective abortion bans
  • Read about the case that could bring sex-selective abortion bans to the Supreme Court
  • Read our op-ed on sex-selective abortion bans and what they mean for the constitutional right to abortion

 

Great news: NAPAWF's legal program grows

NAPAWF is pleased to announce the launch of its Legal Advisory Board, a group of experienced attorneys who work in a variety of sectors of the legal profession who will advise, inform and support the work of our legal program as it develops. The inaugural meeting of the Board took place on January 17th. Our Board members include: Courtney Chappell, Priscilla Huang, Erica Lai, Jenny Lee, Lisa Mak, and Jenny Yang. We are thrilled to have this amazing group of AAPI attorneys support our work.

Stay vigilant and up to date on legal news by following our new legal blog, AP(eye) on the Courts!

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