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

  • House of Representatives passes the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

  • Illinois General Assembly passes Reproductive Health Act

  • House Judiciary subcommittee holds hearing on abortion rights

 

House of Representatives passes the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

A group of people hold signs supporting DREAMERS and Immigrant Families

Image Source: Third Way

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, introduced by Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Yvette Clark (D-NY), a bill that would create pathways toward citizenship for Dreamers  and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). This bill grants conditional permanent residency status for ten years as long as specific conditions are met. While passage of the bill signifies a long-fought victory for immigrant rights advocates, it also includes harmful provisions on criminal activity that prevent certain youth from gaining status.

 

  • Learn more about the Dream and Promise Act
  • Read an article from Gender Policy Report on undocumented AAPI youth
  • See what the Dream and Promise Act would do for your state 

 

Illinois General Assembly passes Reproductive Health Act

Abortion is health care. Abortion is a right. SB 25 passed the Illinois Legislature and is off to the Governor!

Image source: ACLU Illinois

Despite an onslaught of  abortion bans in states across the US, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which is being sent to the governor to sign. This bill protects an individual’s right to access contraceptives, abortion care, and maternal care while requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for abortion care. To emphasize making these rights accessible for everyone, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health is stressing the need for the Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA) law to repealed. This law prevents people under the age of 17 to make safe and healthy decisions about their bodies in fear of getting a guardian’s consent when deciding to get an abortion.  

  • Learn more about how to engage youth and their communities in these conversations and decisions
  • Learn more about why young people need parental notification laws repealed

House Judiciary subcommittee holds hearing on abortion rights

Women sit in a hearing room in the United States Capitol. A crowd of people packs the gallery behind them.

Image source: Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the state of reproductive rights in the US, featuring witnesses from women who have had abortions, abortion providers, and constitutional law experts. Witnesses attested to the harm that recent abortion bans across the US are having on families, particularly people of color, immigrants, and low-income communities.  

  • Read NAPAWF’s press statements on the abortion bans in GeorgiaAlabama, and Missouri
  • Call your Senators and representatives and urge them to cosponsor the EACH Woman Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act
  • Read our op-ed, co-authored with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda on why Roe v. Wade has been a failed promise for women of color
ap eye on the courts

Case Highlight: Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

On Tuesday, May 28, the Supreme Court denied review of an Indiana law that would prohibit abortions if the reason for the abortion is the race, sex, or disability of the fetus. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found the provision to be unconstitutional, so the Supreme Court’s decision means that the Seventh Circuit’s determination stands and the law will not go into effect.

The Supreme Court denied review because no other circuit court has considered or ruled on a similar abortion ban. Despite this reasoning, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion, essentially arguing that reason-based abortion bans are constitutional and attempting to connect abortions on the basis of race, sex, or disability to the eugenics movement. Sex-selective abortion bans are based on racist and xenophobic false stereotypes about AAPI people, do nothing to prevent discrimination, and, in fact, promote discrimination against AAPI pregnant people and deny them agency and autonomy over their bodies and lives.

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