Forward Together and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum applaud the Oakland City Council for opposing
OAKLAND, Calif. (March 18, 2015) — The Oakland City Council on Tuesday evening passed a resolution denouncing sex-selective abortion bans, which have been proposed in over 20 states in the U.S. Congress and were the second most-proposed abortion ban in 2013. The measure was led by Councilmember Campbell Washington and Councilmember Guillen. This is the second resolution nationwide to proactively oppose sex-selective abortion bans. San Francisco passed a similar resolution in September 2014.
“I applaud Councilmembers Campbell Washington and Guillen for their leadership. These senseless laws are bad for women’s health and add insult to injury by promoting false stereotypes that Asian American women and families don’t value girls. In fact, we know from recent population data that Asian Americans are having more girls on average than white Americans.” said Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She added, “These laws open the door to more and more abortion restrictions designed to intimidate women and impede access to health care. Lawmakers need to get their priorities straight. Asian American women need equal pay, immigrant rights and access–not additional barriers–to health care.”
Asian Americans comprise nearly 19 percent of the population of Oakland, and are the fastest-growing ethnic community in the country.
“It was chilling to see a sex-selective abortion ban introduced at the state level in California in 2014. Our state is home to the largest Asian Pacific Islander (API) population in the country,” said Eveline Shen, executive director of Forward Together. “I am proud of the Oakland City Council for taking a stand today to say that policies like sex-selective abortion bans are dangerous, promote racial profiling of API women and don’t belong in our state,” said Shen.
A federal level sex-selective abortion ban was introduced in early January 2015.
Additional organizations that have endorsed the resolution include:
ACCESS Women’s Health Justice
Act for Women & Girls
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Asian Law Caucus
Chinese for Affirmative Action
American Civil Liberties Union California
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian Women’s Shelter
Bay Area Communities for Health Education
Black Women for Wellness
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice
Community Health for Asian Americans
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Ibis Reproductive Health
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice- UC Davis Chapter
Legal Services for Prisoners With Children
Movement Strategy Center
NARAL Pro-Choice California
National Council of Jewish Women
Oakland Kids First
Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte
Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research
Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign
Urban Peace Movement
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF): NAPAWF is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing, and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for Asian & Pacific Islander (API) women and girls.
Forward Together is a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. Forward Together ensures that women, youth and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential. By developing strong leaders, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns, we are making our mission a reality.