We believe all women have the right to make their own decisions about their own reproductive health. And we believe that as Asian American and Pacific Islander women, we don’t need any legislators drawing upon racist stereotypes to control our lives and silence us.
Unfortunately, insidious anti-choice legislation targeting AAPI women specifically has been passed in 8 states. The so-called “sex selective abortion bans,” also known as “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Acts,” or PRENDA, draw on racist stereotypes to prevent us from having full reproductive agency. There are enough barriers to getting the reproductive health access we deserve. We don't need racial prejudice to be another barrier.
Even in New York, PRENDA legislation has been put up for a vote six times. We want New York City to let the state legislature and the country know: we will not be silent while the powers that be try to govern our bodies under false pretenses. We’re demanding the New York City Council to pass a resolution that says the city will not allow discriminatory PRENDA legislation.
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