The 2010 election was a mixed result for Latinas and reproductive health, but one strong message came through: Latino/a's are a powerful and active voting bloc, by some estimates Latino turnout could be as high as 60 percent.
"Latinas proved themselves a formidable voting constituency determined to cast their ballots despite political campaigns designed to depress Latina turnout," said Silvia Henriquez, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). "This election was not a referendum on reproductive health and justice issues. However the new Congressional landscape raises the stakes for advocacy work on these issues."
House Republicans have indicated their intent to drastically limit access and affordability of abortions by blocking abortion coverage in insurance plans. NLIRH will continue to work to protect existing coverage and push for public funding so that abortion can remain a safe, affordable option for Latinas.
NLIRH looked at nine state election results in terms of what they mean for Latinas' and immigrants' health and rights: Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin. These nine states have 10 percent of Latino electorate or have an active NLIRH affiliate. State digests will be available this week here. A longer analysis will be available before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!