SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! (SPARK) and Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) worked with NIRH to design and implement a multi-year proactive policy strategy, grounded in the reproductive justice framework, to shift the public and political landscape on abortion access. In 2019, FWHC and SPARK brought together a coalition of social justice organizations to discuss reproductive justice and a comprehensive 2020 policy agenda, including defunding crisis pregnancy centers, expanding Georgia’s Medicaid coverage for postpartum people, and increasing childcare funding. Along with this coalition and NIRH’s support, both partners put together and hosted a series of town halls across the state of Georgia with various activist communities. In 2018, the two organizations focused on moving proactive reproductive health legislation, including the Whole Woman’s Health Act that would codify the fundamental right to abortion into Georgia law. This project involved collaboration with SiX.
SPARK is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Georgia on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.