NAPAWF New York City Applauds Council Member Margaret Chin’s Introduction of City Council Resolution to Oppose Insidious and Discriminatory Sex-Selective Abortion Bans



June 13, 2019

Contact: Becca Asaki / 917-520-4183 /

This resolution is part of a package of resolutions calling for increased access to abortion

NEW YORK, NY—Today, the New York City Council introduced a resolution opposing restrictive, discriminatory, so called “sex-selective abortion” bans. Sex-selective abortion bans, deceptively referred to as the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), target Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women by promoting false, dangerous, and racist stereotypes to push abortion care further out of reach for pregnant women, transgender men and gender nonbinary people. Twelve states have passed such bans, opening the door for health care providers to racially profile their patients in an attempt to deter them from exercising their right to abortion care.

“With abortion rights and access being increasingly under attack in states across the country, we refuse to let anti-abortion lawmakers get away with promoting legislation that weaponizes false, anti-AAPI, anti-immigrant stereoypes for the purpose of banning abortion in this country,” said Winnie Ye, Member of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) NYC’s Leadership Committee. “Since 2013, sex-selective abortion bans have been introduced across the country, including in the New York state assembly. It’s time the City Council send a clear message supporting abortion access and opposing this hateful and discriminatory policy.”

“An individual’s ability to access compassionate, abortion care in a timely manner without interference is a critical component of their health and dignity, freedom, and social and economic equity,” Jess Wu, Member of NAPAWF NYC’s Leadership Committee said. “We refuse to allow lawmakers to use AAPI women as political pawns in an attempt to push abortion access out of reach. We thank Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Council Member Margaret Chin, along with co-sponsors Rivera, Rosenthal, Adams, and Ayala for standing up for our agency as AAPI women and urge the City Council to adopt this resolution this session.”

“NAPAWF New York City will continue to work at the local level to ensure that AAPIs have the rights, resources, and dignity to access the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion,” Becca Asaki, New York City Organizer of NAPAWF said. “We are proud to be a part of a multi-year effort by NAPAWF chapters to build local support and public awareness and see New York City join San Francisco and Oakland in adopting a resolution to take a stand against these racist bans.”


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities. NAPAWF has chapters all across the country, including in New York City. | @napawf | | @napawfnyc