What Public Charge Means for Reproductive Justice

Executive Summary

Authors: National Health Law Program, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and In our own voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Reproductive justice is a social movement rooted in the belief that all individuals and communities should have the resources and power they need to make their own decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, families, and lives. The Trump Administration’s crusade to expand the public charge rule is designed to sow fear, reap reproductive injustice, and damage the health and economic stability of immigrant Black, Latina/x, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people, families, and communities. This brief provides an overview of the recent changes to the public charge test, its implications for immigrant communities of color, and potential harms to reproductive and sexual health and justice.

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