Texas

West Fund is cultivating the next generation of reproductive justice advocates to pass a comprehensive sexuality education policy in school districts in El Paso County. With support from NIRH in 2018, West Fund engaged school districts and school health advisory committees (SHACs) to promote sexual health education policies that were evidence-based, medically accurate, and supportive and inclusive of all young people, including LGBTQIA students. Now, NIRH is working with West Fund to build on those efforts by educating and empowering young people to lead the charge for comprehensive sexual health education in their schools. West Fund’s continued investment in young people is rooted in their work as an abortion fund that advocates for reproductive justice while centering historically underrepresented and marginalized people and communities. Building on the 2017 launch of their #ReproPowerTX local policy agenda for El Paso, which was supported by NIRH and All* Above All and developed in collaboration with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Lilith Fund, and Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, in 2018 West Fund began calling for implementation of a core tenet of the agenda, comprehensive sexuality education in El Paso County. NIRH worked with West Fund to engage independent school districts and school health advisory committees to reform and successfully implement a sexuality education curriculum that is evidence-based, medically accurate, comprehensive, and supportive and inclusive of all young people, including LGBTQIA students. In 2017, West Fund worked with Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund to implement a coordinated, multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. They expanded their #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth local proactive policy agendas for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input, by launching a policy agenda in El Paso and hosted Local Repro Days of Action in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Houston to center the stories of people who have had abortions.