NARAL supports immigration reform

An important and awesome step from a major pro-choice organization: Coming out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, because it’s good for women and good for public health:

NARAL Pro-Choice America believes every woman has the right to make her own reproductive-health decisions. That principle stands, regardless of her immigration status.

Moreover, regressive immigration laws and policies that force people to live in the shadows place the health of millions of men, women, and children at risk. Immigrant families—many of whom have legal residency—face innumerable barriers to medical care: many by law are denied participation in health programs, “proof of citizenship” requirements are common, and immigrants without the necessary legal documentation are barred altogether from the health-insurance exchanges in the Affordable Care Act. These institutional barriers, along with the fear of harassment and prosecution, serve to deny health services to millions of aspiring citizens – a pregnant woman in need of prenatal care, a young couple needing family-planning services, a teen seeking STI testing and treatment.

No person should be stigmatized or driven underground by unfair or unreasonable anti-immigration laws or other barriers. In addition to falling far short of America’s promise, such restrictions constitute unwise health policy and are contrary to the fundamental principle of reproductive freedom.

For these reasons, NARAL Pro-Choice America stands alongside many progressive organizations, leaders, and individuals in support of an inclusive immigration policy that reflects the American values of freedom and opportunity.

Nice work, NARAL!


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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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6 Responses to NARAL supports immigration reform

  1. GallingGalla says:

    Nice work indeed!

  2. We have the opposite problem here, where the Society for the Protectin of Unborn Children is teaming up with advocates of Shariah and the Caliphate to oppose women’s reproductive rights. As it happens I used to be a member of SPUC, but left when I got wind of this.

  3. foxy says:

    There are already large number of unemployed people in usa.This further adds to their woes.

    • Chataya says:

      Three whole comments before “dey took ur jerbs” showed up.

      • Ladeeda says:

        I’m fully in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and the protection of immigrant rights and a path to citizenship, but I’m wary of the proposed bill’s current position on high-skill immigration. Sharply raising the number of H-1B visas and stapling a green card to everyone who earns a Ph.D. in the United States is a fantastic way to undercut the value of U.S. high-skill workers and drive down wages for everyone, while businesses get high-skill labor for much, much cheaper. If there’s a legitimate demand for foreign high-skill workers, fine, but so far the only evidence for that has been CEOs crying they can’t find U.S. employees—despite stagnant wages for a decade that certainly don’t indicate a low-supply/high-demand situation. If the proposed bill can get its high-skill immigration reformations to better reflect reality, I’ll have a much easier time supporting them.

  4. My fandoms are crossing!

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