[***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***]
January 22nd, 2022
Washington, D.C.—The National Council on Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) issued the following statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in support of reproductive rights and abortion access.
On the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NCAPA reflects on the reproductive rights movement and the right to choose. Unfortunately, these rights have been the target of recent attacks and efforts to curtail those rights for millions. Results from a study surveying AANHPI communities’ attitudes toward abortion show that 66% are in support of a federal law protecting the legal right to abortion. Abortion access is essential for the safety, well being, and bodily autonomy of many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs).
Attempts to restrict safe abortion access impact the rights of AANHPI women and trans people and affect their abilities to make important decisions about their health and lives. Codifying these rights in law will ensure these members of the AANHPI community have access to the comprehensive health care they deserve.
NCAPA stands behind our member organizations who fight tirelessly and lead on reproductive justice:
Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) stated:
“Asian American and Pacific Islander women overwhelmingly support abortion access. Ninety-three percent of AAPI women believe that women own the right to make their own reproductive choices. Despite the right established by Roe, women of color, including AAPI women, and especially immigrants and those without status don’t have this fundamental right. As we reflect on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must work together towards expanding our vision beyond the status quo and commit ourselves to a future where no one is left behind.”
Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) commented:
“EPIC celebrates the historic Roe v. Wade decision because for decades it has protected the reproductive rights of the people who are at the core of caring for and holding the culture of our Pasifika community. We continue this fight as reciprocity and a commitment to the strength, survival, and health of Oceania.”
Juliet K. Choi, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) said:
“As we celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded of the perilous and fragile plight of essential women’s health. Women, especially women of color, face too many and unnecessary barriers in accessing care that is affordable and safe. We must continue to break down and fight against archaic restrictions to advancing reproductive health access so all Americans can make empowered and educated decisions about their own medical care.”
Adam P. Carbullido, Director of Policy and Advocacy of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) added:
“Community health centers are integral to protecting the health and safety of their community members. Patients should be able to make health decisions based on what is best for them and their families. AAPCHO urges Congress and the Biden administration to ensure equal access to reproductive services and promote safer healthcare for all patients.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of thirty-eight national Asian Pacific American organizations that represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns.