As an immigrant woman, I am proud to have raised my own child in the United States. I know that to achieve true access to abortion, we need a government that works on solutions that reflect the needs of families like mine.
When young Asian immigrant women like Purvi Patel and Bei Bei Shuai are being criminalized for the outcomes of their pregnancies, all of us should be asking ourselves what more must be done to achieve reproductive justice—and not just secure our reproductive rights.
The idea that Asian Americans and Pacific Islander women are a monolith is not only inaccurate, it’s irresponsible—and it’s hurting our chances at getting equal pay.
The AAPI community has been facing a quiet struggle with birth control use and safe sex—a problem only exacerbated by the Trump administration’s efforts to limit access to birth control and promote abstinence-only sex education and the threat of a more conservative Supreme Court.
As we celebrate progress for mothers in elected office, let’s not forget all the work that still needs to be done to make paid family leave a reality for every woman in the U.S.