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.
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 legal status of abortion has changed throughout American history – from legal to illegal and back to legal again. However, women seeking to end an unintended pregnancy have always done so, whether it is legal or not. Our white paper, “When Self-Abortion is a Crime: Laws that Put Women at Risk,” documents this history in New York and assess whether there is any justification for the state’s criminal abortion ban.
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.
In 2016, NIRH educated the public about the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform’s implications for women who have abortions by running a public awareness ad campaign and releasing this memo analyzing the trend toward criminalization in the RNC platform. Read the full memo here.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]