Posted by: mbarajasroman | May 31, 2012

Vote down of PRENDA a win for immigrant women

For Immediate Release
Erin White, / 212.255.2575

Vote down of PRENDA a win for immigrant women
Bill stigmatized women of color, encouraged scrutiny of women’s choices.

(New York, NY)—We applaud the members of Congress who stood up for women’s health by voting down the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” known as PRENDA.

As organizations representing thousands of women of color, and as women of color ourselves, we work every day to fight sex discrimination and racial stereotyping in all its forms.

We condemn the gender bias that can lead women to feel pressured to have a child of a particular sex. And we work everyday in our own communities to address the real problem – gender stereotyping – that can lead to this pressure.

But no woman should ever be scrutinized or interrogated by her doctor based on cultural background, and that is exactly what would happen if this bill becomes law.

This policy wouldn’t address the root causes of abortion for sex selection. It would just take away a woman’s ability to make personal, private medical decisions.


The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national collaboration to specifically focus on women and gender issues in the public discourse on immigration. The coalition represents more than 60 leading organizations with a presence nationally and in every state.