This post originally appeared on NBCLatino
Less is more for the Republican Party when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. Conservative Republican women may fully support the strategy of curtailing such healthcare access but the rest of the female electorate does not take kindly to such an approach. Neither do Latinas. Ninety-five percent of Latinas believe women should have easy access to contraception. The GOP’s culture war is not only alienating Latinas, but in turn, they are also alienating the families that are politically guided by mama.
In Latino households it is not uncommon to have the grandparents, parents, kids, and even grandkids all under the same roof. And amidst this potential familial chaos the Latina mom brings order to it all as the nucleus of the family. So if mom can bring order to chaos on the family front, why not on the political front? Well, focus group research has actually found this to be the case, that Latina moms are a key political organizational force within their households and communities. In the current political context that means Latinas are not only opposing limitations to women’s healthcare access but also mobilizing the rest of the family against it. (more…)