October 16, 2015 — In today's clips, MSNBC's Maria Kumar talks with women's health rights advocates about the need to support Latinas' access to reproductive health care and Seth Meyers satirizes a recent congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood.
MSNBC's Maria Kumar talks with Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff, director of Latino leadership and engagement at Planned Parenthood Action Fund, about the recent attacks against Planned Parenthood and why lawmakers need to support, rather than target, reproductive health for women of color.
During the discussion, González-Rojas explains that Latinas' reproductive health rights are "exactly at the intersection" of attacks on immigration and women's health, which means that "Latinas are often disproportionally impacted by those attacks." She notes that this "ideological campaign to prevent and deny women's health and rights ... particularly hit[s] ... those who are most vulnerable, those who are low-income, those who are immigrants," adding, "So we need to protect these services and ensure that all women, Latinas included, can get the health care that they need."
Gonzalez-Plumhoff adds, "The attack against Planned Parenthood and the 575,000 Latinas approximately that we see every year is not an attack on just one piece of our life, it's an attack across the board, it's an attack on the communities and really it's an attack on [the] rising political voice" of Latina women (Kumar, MSNBC, 10/13).
In a satirical commentary, Seth Meyers of "Late Night With Seth Meyers" discusses a recent congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood. According to Meyers, conservative lawmakers "used their time to ask [Planned Parenthood Federation of America President] Cecile Richards questions they then wouldn't let her answer."
Meyers also discusses several inaccuracies in a graph presented at the hearing, which misleadingly depicted the quantity of various health services offered at Planned Parenthood. During the hearing, Richards pointed out that the graph was created by an antiabortion-rights organization and called on the lawmaker who cited the graph to "check your source" (Meyers, "Late Night With Seth Meyers," NBC, 9/30).