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December 14th, 2009
11:01 AM ET

Latinas need voice in abortion debate

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Silvia Henriquez
Special to CNN

When Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered her oath last summer, many women - and especially Latinas - felt renewed hope as a champion of women's rights took her place on the U.S. Supreme Court.

With Democrats in the White House and both houses of Congress, we believed that we could stop playing defense and actually advance women's rights, including access to abortion.

However, the health care debate quickly convinced us that we had to mobilize.

First, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, crafted the Stupak-Pitts amendment, designed to restrict women's access to abortion coverage in the proposed public health insurance marketplace. Millions of women who have access to abortion coverage through their insurance plans would lose this coverage if the insurance plans were offered in the exchange.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    In the freedom of choice debate, is it also not valid to follow what we all should follow daily, plan for the unplanned, it is a choice.

    December 14, 2009 at 11:49 am |