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Survey Reveals Latinos' Thoughts on Politicians and Church Leaders' Stance on Abortion

First Posted: Feb 10, 2014 09:36 AM EST

Lake Research Partners conducted a survey which revealed Latinos' true attitudes toward abortion, debunking widespread misconceptions regarding their stance on the subject. The research, conducted on behalf of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP), indicated that Latinos support access to legal abortion, oppose politicians who interfere with private decisions about abortions, and would offer support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion.

1973: Roe vs. Wade permitted access to safe and legal abortions for all women, a decision that would cement itself as one of the most important legislations made in the history of women's rights. That ruling was not swallowed well by everyone, however, and restrictions were set in place to limit access to the procedure. Obstacles were set in the paths of women, particularly women of color, and they were denied due to their "age, economic status, immigration status and geographic location." Only 33 of 50 states offer public funding for abortion in cases of rape, incest or endangerment, and only a few others have exceptions for fetal anomalies and other sever health problems. Nearly 25 percent of pregnancies end in abortions for Latinas for a series of reasons -- each of those reasons remain the private business of the woman undergoing the procedure.

Latinos for the most part support a woman's right to choose: 74 percent of Latino registered voters agree that politicians have no place in private matters. Seventy-three percent of Latinos believe that women shouldn't be judged for her decision to get an abortion, and 68 percent said that they disagreed with church leaders, and that abortion should remain legal.

Nonetheless, abortions elude many Latinas who don't have the money to get the procedure done. With no financial support, assistance or insurance, safe and legal channels for Latinas become inaccessible. Low-income and immigrant women opt to seek assistance in seedy venues, or they endure at-home remedies, which can be deadly.

In late January of this year, the House voted to pass a bill that limits abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act, banning taxpayers funding for abortions.

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