Proactive Policy

Oregon Commits $15million to Repro Infrastructure 

2022-05-04T16:59:53-04:00March 16th, 2022|Impact, Proactive Policy, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

Following the successful partnership with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to secure Portland city funding for abortion care, NIRH again worked with the same advocates in 2022 to achieve this funding on the state level. Thanks to this advocacy, on March 16, 2022, Oregon passed a state budget that [...]

New Jersey Passes Reproductive Choice Act

2022-04-21T16:01:33-04:00January 19th, 2022|Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

On the eve of the 49th and presumed-to-be last anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act into law, along with a second bill ensuring coverage for 12 months of contraception without a copay. These were significant and meaningful steps forward for the state, and a [...]

Securing Municipal Funding for Abortion in Portland, OR

2022-04-21T15:58:31-04:00September 15th, 2021|Impact, Proactive Policy, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

NIRH partnered with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to expand access to abortion by addressing a primary barrier to care: cost.   Thanks to this advocacy work, on September 15, 2021, the Portland City Council voted to allocate $200,000 to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in order to provide [...]

California Awards Reparations to People the State Forcibly Sterilized

2022-04-21T16:05:28-04:00July 13th, 2021|Impact, Proactive Policy, Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women|

NIRH partnered with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) in 2021 to fight for reparations for the hundreds of survivors of state-sponsored forced sterilization. Through a grassroots campaign, wide coalition support, and intense lobbying, this successful campaign resulted in $7.5 million in California’s state budget. Read our press release on this historic victory. Between [...]

Rhode Island Expands Doula Access

2022-04-21T16:07:13-04:00July 7th, 2021|Impact, Proactive Policy|

Expanding access to doula care — especially through insurance coverage — is critical to improving the health and safety of pregnant people and their children, and particularly Black birthing people and their families. In 2021, NIRH partnered with SISTA Fire to establish insurance coverage for doula care. This successful partnership led to securing  Medicaid coverage [...]

Connecticut Expands Health Equity

2022-04-21T16:08:35-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Impact, Proactive Policy|

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the disproportionate impact of health crises on people of color. At the same time, high-profile police killings of Black people sparked a rising awareness of the injustices of systemic racism. In 2021, Health Equity Solutions led a campaign across 21 cities and towns across Connecticut to officially declare racism a [...]

Establishing a Reproductive Health Fund in Kalamazoo

2021-04-26T10:35:29-04:00April 8th, 2021|Advocacy Campaigns, Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

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, [...]

New Mexico

2021-04-26T10:39:57-04:00March 1st, 2021|Advocacy Campaigns, Decriminalizing Self-Managed Abortion, Impact, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

Both NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund have worked steadily in New Mexico for several years to ensure that New Mexico repeals its pre-Roe law criminalizing abortion access and continues to be a haven for abortion access in the Southwest. In 2021, with a newly strengthened majority in support of abortion access in the State [...]

Virginia Legislative Victories

2021-04-26T10:37:41-04:00February 25th, 2021|Advocacy Campaigns, Decriminalizing Self-Managed Abortion, Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

Both NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund have worked steadily in Virginia for several years — Virginia has now passed proactive abortion laws two years in a row, rolling back a host of restrictions to create a much-needed access point in the Southeast. Virginia had once been infamous for its attacks on abortion care, passing [...]

Massachusetts legislative victories

2021-04-26T10:32:56-04:00January 2nd, 2021|Advocacy Campaigns, Decriminalizing Self-Managed Abortion, Impact, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

One of our core strategies has been to pass laws in every state possible to secure reproductive freedom. In Massachusetts, we worked alongside partners for many years to reform the Commonwealth’s surprisingly restrictive reproductive health laws, securing reproductive freedom in state law, removes barriers to abortion and expands access to this care. In 2017, we [...]

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