Latinas need access to contraception

Latinas need access to contraception

Latina teenagers have the highest birth rate of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

It is estimated that 52 percent of Latinas in the United States will become pregnant at  least once by the age of 20.

So access to contraception and birth control are issues that matter to Latina women.

Nobody wishes they could have an abortion. But being able to make that choice is the current law in the United States.

President Obama would uphold the right to choose.

Mitt Romney would move to restrict abortion to cases of rape and if the life of the mother is in danger.

But many of his Republican friends and even his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, would take this even further.

Romney endorsed Richard Mourdock running for the Senate in Indiana. Mourdock said that pregnancies from rape is something "God intended to happen."

Romney has refused to withdraw his endorsement of Mourdock and he is still running an ad on his behalf. Romney's campaign said their candidate does not agree with the statement.

Romney had harsher words for Senate candidate Todd Akin when he said that a woman's body can shut down a pregnancy from a rape. Romney called those comments "offensive and wrong."

But this close to the election Romney has not been more critical of Mourdock as he wants Republicans to gain seats.

Romney also would withdraw any government funding for Planned Parenthood. Abortion is not the number one medical service offered by this organization.

They offer contraception, screenings for cervical cancer and referrals for mammograms among other women's health care service.

These types of services matter as Latinas are twice as likely to have cervical cancer than non-Hispanic white women.

This election season women's reproductive rights are under attack.

Latina teens and women should have greater access to birth control so that they can have greater control over their future.

We don't need to move backwards but forward in expanding health care access to women.

Leave a comment