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Black women applaud Pennsylvania injunction to 
stop rollback of birth control coverage

JAN 14, 2019

Contact: Loretta Kane (917-410-7242 or

Statement of In Our Own Voice President and CEO Marcela Howell

WASHINGTON –– Today, a federal court in Pennsylvania granted a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s attack on birth control. Last year, the administration announced new rules to eliminate guaranteed birth control coverage with no out-of-pocket costs under the Affordable Care Act.

The nationwide injunction comes on the heels of yesterday’s California court injunction covering 13 states and Washington, D.C. The Trump administration rules would allow employers to refuse birth control coverage if they have a moral or religious objection. These injunctions block implementation of the rule while the Pennsylvania and California cases continue to be litigated.

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Black Women applaud selection of Dr. Leana Wen as new president of Planned Parenthood

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Sept 13, 2018
Contact: Tavia Hartley ( or 212-255-2575)

Statement from In Our Own Voice
WASHINGTON- Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced the appointment of Dr. Leana Wen its new president. Marcela Howell, founder and executive director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, issued the following statement in response:

“Congratulations to Dr. Leana Wen on her new position as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. We applaud the appointment of a doctor, an advocate and an immigrant to lead an organization that is a trusted provider of quality, affordable health care, especially for women of color and underserved communities.

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34 Reproductive Justice organizations and allies call on Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

September 6, 2018
Contact: Loretta Kane (917-410-7242 or

WASHINGTON- Today, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health led the submission of a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding that they oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Please see attached letter.)

Over 30 reproductive justice organizations and allies who joined an amicus brief in Azar v. Garza, the D.C. Circuit Court case regarding a young immigrant woman’s access to abortion care, signed the letter. The letter outlines how Judge Kavanaugh’s dissent in the case demonstrates his complete disregard for the rights of immigrant women, their families and their agency.

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Black women stand with Muslims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018 Contact: Alexa Mauzy-Lewis, Camino PR / 212-255-2575 Statement by Marcela Howell, founder and executive director of In Our Own Voice WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld…

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