Asian Women Advocates Join ACLU, NAACP to Challenge AZ Abortion Restriction

NAACP and NAPAWF v. ARIZONA

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2013
Erin White, erin@caminopr.com/ 212.255.2575

Asian Women Advocates Join ACLU, NAACP to Challenge AZ Abortion Restriction

HB 2443 Unfairly Stereotypes Asian Women

PHOENIX — Today, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a racial discrimination suit against the Attorney General of Arizona and the Arizona Medical Board, challenging Arizona’s HB 2443, a law that bans abortions performed on the basis of race and sex. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will represent NAPAWF and the NAACP in court.

Executive Director of NAPAWF, Miriam Yeung, offered the following statement:

“HB 2443 perpetuates anti-immigrant sentiment by unfairly stereotyping Asian women who seek an abortion. This is deeply offensive to our community.”

“By assuming Asian American women, because of our culture, will choose to terminate pregnancies based on sex, this law turns Asian American women into suspects and encourages invasive scrutiny of our motives that other women would not be subjected to. The law is cloaked in the language of civil rights and equality for women, but it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather than lifting the status of women, this law is nothing more than another hypocritical attempt to ban abortions in this country– this time using Asian women as a means to that end.”

“This law distracts from the real work of ending racial and gender-based discrimination. We need policies that truly empower women of color, like equal pay, increased employment opportunities and health equity– not more misguided, discriminatory attempts to restrict access to important health care.”

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