Publications & Reports

2017 Report: Gaining Ground: Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States

The National Institute for Reproductive Health’s 2017 End of Year Report, Gaining Ground: Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States analyzes the ways in which states have counteracted the harmful aggressions of the federal government with a record number of proactive policies to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice.

The report tracks proactive […]

Local Reproductive Freedom Index: Evaluating U.S. Cities 2017

The Local Reproductive Freedom Index: Evaluation U.S. Cities is a first-of-its-kind initiative that evaluates the reproductive health, rights, and justice policies of 40 U.S. cities. It will help local leaders better understand how their city fares when it comes to this issue. It also encourages cities to lead by ensuring all residents have the full freedom […]

2017 Midyear Report: Gaining Ground

The National Institute for Reproductive Health’s 2017 Midyear Report analyzes the ways in which states are pushing forward with a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive freedom. The midyear report is a feature of the new Gaining Ground suite of publications.

The first half of 2017 shows that many states are seizing the opportunity to protect […]

When Self-Abortion is a Crime: Laws That Put Women at Risk

NIRH’s white paper, “When Self-Abortion is a Crime: Laws that Put Women at Risk,” raises awareness about the harms of criminal bans on self-abortion, with a particular focus on New York, which is one of a handful of states with criminal laws on the books that explicitly make self-abortion illegal. Read more here.

2016 Report: Gaining Ground: Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States

2016 was a particularly banner year for proactive policy in the areas of contraception, healthy pregnancies, and the countering of discriminatory taxes on health care supplies related to menstruation. Moreover, while two-thirds of statehouses continued to be dominated by opponents of women’s reproductive health and rights, advocates and legislators continued to push forward policies to […]

Enhancing Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Uptake and Reimbursement at Federally Qualified Health Centers: A Toolkit for States

The goal of this toolkit is to be a resource for states seeking to enhance LARC access in FQHC settings by highlighting some of the reimbursement and policy options they can leverage. We also discuss advantages, disadvantages, and implementation considerations.

Read the full report here.

2015 Report: Gaining Ground: Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States

In 2015, advocates and legislators made great gains in promoting legislation that affirmatively supports women’s reproductive and sexual health, rights, dignity, and autonomy.

The number of proactive reproductive rights and health bills, both proposed and enacted, more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, with all but 10 states considering such policies and the majority considering multiple […]

Exploring Virginia Voters’ Views toward Women’s Equality and Economic Security

The National Institute for Reproductive Health commissioned PerryUndem Research/Communication to explore Virginia voters’ views related to the connections among reproductive decisions, including abortion rights, women’s equality, and financial stability. Majorities favor a number of proposals related to reproductive health and rights, equality, and financial stability that are being discussed as part of the Virginia Women’s Equality Agenda. The findings mirror prior polling […]

Building Blocks for Change: A Primer on Local Advocacy for Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

The communities in which we live have always been at the center of the work that reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates do every day. This has never been truer than it is now, in a time when anti-choice politicians are steadily chipping away at access to the resources and information people need to make […]

Building Momentum: Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States

For those working to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice in the states, 2014 was a banner year. Although anti-choice, antiwoman legislators and their extremist allies continued to undermine women’s rights and health through restrictive laws, this year also saw a surge in the introduction, consideration, and enactment of laws intended to increase women’s access […]