Ap eye on the hill

AP(Eye) on the Hill is our biweekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that affect AAPI communities regarding reproductive health and rights, immigrant rights, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF's federal policy work while you're out on the ground!

Policy Recap

  • Intersections of Our Lives collaborative releases new polling on women of color voters
  • House of Representatives passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
  • Georgia passes law banning almost all abortions in the state
  • Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on 20-week abortion ban

Intersections of Our Lives collaborative releases new polling on women of color voters​

NAPAWF Executive Director speaks in front of the US Capitol with the Intersections of Our Lives, lawmakers and fellow reproductive justice advocates

 

Last week, in a press conference on Capitol Hill, the Intersections of Our Lives collaborative, which consists of NAPAWF, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, released new nationwide polling revealing the motivations and political priorities of women of color voters. The polling found that 88 percent of women of color voters said the stakes in the 2018 midterm election were too high not to vote, and that 84 percent of women of color voters believe candidates should support women making their own decisions about their reproductive health.

84 percent of women of color say it was important to vote for a candidate who supports women making their own decisions about their reproductive health.

House of Representatives passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Survivors need real change, not just an extension of current law.

Image source: National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585), introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).  In addition to continuing federal programs that combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, the reauthorization bill included new measures to address high rates of sexual violence against Native Americans and transgender people. In addition, an amendment introduced by Representative Ami Bera (D-CA) that increases funding for culturally specific services for survivors of domestic violence passed with the bill.

  • See Congressman Bera’s floor statement introducing the amendment and speaking about the importance of culturally appropriate care for South Asian survivors of violence
  • Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to pass the Violence Against Women Act immediately
  • Learn more about gender-based violence in the AAPI community

 

Georgia passes law banning almost all abortions in the state

A crowd rallies in support of abortion access in front of the Georgia Capitol Building

Photo by Crystal Monds

Two weeks ago, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 481, a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Since most people don’t even know that they are pregnant at six weeks, the bill effectively bans abortion in the state. Though the bill passed the Senate easily, the bill barely passed the House with 92 votes, with 91 votes needed to pass. NAPAWF members in Georgia joined other reproductive justice advocates in speaking out against the bill and its blatant harm on communities of color. The bill is expected to be signed into law soon by governor Brian Kemp. Despite its unconstitutionality, anti-choice legislators continue to pass six week bans in an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. In fact, a six week ban just became law in Ohio.

  • See NAPAWF member Aliya Firozvi speak at a rally against HB 481
  • Learn about other states that have enacted six week bans

 

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on 20-week abortion ban

Politicians have no business deciding if, when, and how anyone should start of grow their family.

Image Source: NARAL

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on S. 160, a bill introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill gained traction among anti-choice advocates following the progress of bills advancing abortion access in New York and Virginia. Witnesses testifying against the bill include Georgia state Senator Jen Jordan, who spoke about the harm of such a bill on Georgia. 20-week bans are unconstitutional and disproportionately harm people of color and low-income pregnant people, who already face immense barriers to abortion access.

  • Call your Senator at 202-224-3121 and demand that they oppose S. 160
  • Learn more about 20-week abortion bans
Ap Eye on the courts

In addition to Neomi Rao’s recent confirmation to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals,  Michael Park, an AAPI man, was nominated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. NAPAWF, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and the Asian Pacific American Labor Aliance (APALA) wrote a letter to the Senate in opposition to Park's nomination in addition to an op-ed explaining why Trump's Asian American judges are harmful to the AAPI community. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Park’s nomination, which currently awaits a full Senate vote.

Other Legal News

NAPAWF in the News

Essence: “Emily’s List Gala Honors Stacey Abrams, Celebrates Diverse Lawmakers”

The Champion Newspaper: “Women’s Group Responds to Abortion Bill”

Op-ed in Colorlines by Jessica González-Rojas, Marcela Howell, and Sung Yeon Choimorrow: “Election 2020: Ignore Women of Color at Your Own Peril”

Op-ed in Reappropriate by Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Quyen Dinh, and Alvinah Yeh: “Trump’s Asian American Judges Are No Friends to AAPI Community”

 

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