Reproductive justice means being able to decide if and when to become a parent – and being able to raise our children in safe, healthy environments.

But our immigrant communities are living with cruel policies that deny healthcare and tear families apart:

  • They are more likely to work in essential, hourly jobs that don’t provide paid leave.
  • Immigrants in detention are often separated from their families, at greater risk of exposure to coronavirus, and denied needed care including prenatal care, abortion services, and HIV medication.
  • Transgender immigrants in detention not only face violence and inhumane conditions but are often denied healthcare—much less gender-affirming care.
  • Fear of detention, deportation, and family separation can drive immigrants into the shadows and makes it harder to get needed healthcare, including the full range of reproductive healthcare.
  • We need policies that allow everyone—including those of us who immigrated to our country—to live with dignity and respect. This includes ensuring that all of us have access to basic reproductive healthcare so we can decide whether and when to become parents.
  • Even if the Hyde amendment is removed, many immigrants remain ineligible for Medicaid solely due to their immigration status and face many policy and legal barriers in accessing basic, affordable care.

We need policies that allow everyone—including those of us who immigrated to our country—to live with dignity and respect. This includes ensuring that all of us have access to basic reproductive healthcare so we can decide whether and when to become parents.

States with thriving immigrant communities like Texas have used the pandemic to ban abortion altogether.

When politicians target low-income people with abortion coverage bans and restrictions, immigrants often pay the price.