6.24.22 – Statement on Roe v. Wade Decision

As a local grassroots organization our programs, services and campaigns concern the economic and social realities of FilAms in San Jose and surrounding communities. Navigating politicized issues that impact our communities, within and outside of our immediate constituency.

However, during incidents of national pain and cultural shifts, our team and Board decided long ago that we have a responsibility in providing perspective and speaking on issues of tragedy and transcendence. Sometimes these national events exclusively impact our FilAm communities and during instances like today, they punctuate all of us.

Today is not about transcendence, it is unequivocally tragic.

Removing an autonomous human being’s agency to have choice, is tragic. Crippling a woman of her power to decide, is tragic. That there are no such federal laws sanctioning men’s bodies, is tragic. That they select who they wish to extend “protections of life to” is tragic.

To live in California means that our women’s health and reproductive services will continue to be provided to womyn and families, however, this will not be true for other states. We extend our loving embrace and support to all communities materially, emotionally and spiritually impacted by the events of today.

For our members and families that are deeply affected and those that work within community health and reproductive justice, providing critical services, we raise our loving arms up for you.

In community,

LEAD Filipino

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