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The President’s State of the Union: Missed Opportunities on the Push for Immigration and Health Care Reform

Imagine 2050 Staff • Jan 30, 2010

An insightful post from VivirLatino blogger Maegan la Mamita Mala. Worth reading to the last word.

After President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, I needed to get out of Casa Mala. I knew what was coming, the analysis, the discussion, and the disagreements about what needed to done and what tone to use in doing it. But I needed a drink, I need to sing and dance a little as an act of mourning because in all of these discussions, which I am now engaged in, there was little mention of actual people.

While I was preparing mentally for the State of the Union address, I saw on the Spanish language news about an immigrant mujer, Alexandra Nunez, who died from massive bleeding during an abortion in a clinic walking distance from Casa Mala. A single mother, like me, made a decision about her body and life within the limits placed on her because of law and who she is.

During the State of the Union speech, Obama spoke about the problems with getting health care reform passed and spoke on immigration from a law and order perspective, following the laws and securing the borders. He failed, as so many do, in pointing out where health care reform and immigration reform intersect, in the very lost life of mami Alexandra Nunez.

Health care reform threw and continues to throw the lives of immigrant women in the gutter (forget under the bus). By cutting access to legal and safe abortions and by cutting access for immigrants, via five year waiting periods to access government run programs to preventing the undocumented from buying their own health care, women like Alexandra Nunez and women like me, are left with little choice but to exert their own choices about their bodies within storefront clinics that offer abortions in one room and breast implants in another.

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