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Two years ago, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, facilitating a cascade of harmful abortion bans and restrictions and impacting 6.7 million Latinas across the county. Today, Latinas make up the largest group of women of color impacted by state abortion bans. And, though there is a misconception about Latino support of abortion, studies show that when researchers asked Latinos and Latinas why abortion policy was important to them, they responded, “Banning abortions puts women’s lives at risk.”

To understand more about the state of reproductive rights post-Roe, Maria Hinojosa sits down to speak with Lourdes Rivera, President of Pregnancy Justice, Stephanie Loraine Piñeiro, Executive Director at the Florida Access Network, and América Ramírez, Program Manager at the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Together, they help us understand how all of these restrictions on Latina’s bodies are impacting how we vote.

Read the episode transcript here.

This year, over 36 million people in the Latino community are eligible to vote, accounting for almost 15% of all voters and making Latinos the second largest voting bloc. This November, voters have a chance to continue showing their support for abortion rights, at the state and executive level.

In Colorado, Florida, and other states, abortion advocates are waiting for a chance to put abortion rights on the ballot. “We know that when abortion is on the ballot, abortion wins,” says América Ramírez. And Ramírez is confident in their current efforts, “This isn’t the end all be all,” she adds, “this is just one part of the puzzle in order to provide some of that access.” A sentiment shared by many abortion advocates. “Now with the opportunity to have voters vote directly for putting abortion on the ballot, it is an incredible opportunity for Floridians to show that they care about abortion rights,” says Stephanie Loraine Piñeiro. “And, it is not enough.”

Still, advocates like Lourdes Rivera, acknowledge that although this is a tough time in the reproductive rights movement, the fight for reproductive freedom is about taking the long view. She says, “The overturning of Roe, and the rolling back of abortion rights, is part of a larger agenda to dismantle the gains that have been made by the women’s rights movements, the civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and workers rights movement.”

Featured image by AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes.

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