NIRH believes that localities are laboratories for innovation in policy-making that centers equitable access to reproductive health care. We are committed to securing municipal funding to support abortion access, and we ground our strategy in the growing movement to create municipal budgets that truly invest in community health and safety rather than over-policing.
In 2021, NIRH worked with All* Above All and the YWCA of Kalamazoo to become the first city with a Reproductive Health Fund that supports the full range of reproductive and sexual health care options. Through a shared vision and strategy, we secured county funding for the Reproductive Health Fund, covering doulas care to improving maternal mortality, and gender-affirming care — a critical lifeline for the trans community. While county funding will not be support the Fund’s support for abortion care, NIRH and the partners on the ground are committed to continuing that advocacy in the future.