Wisconsin

NIRH is continuing its partnership with the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) to identify and explore legislative and administrative opportunities to advance women’s health and abortion access. Key among these opportunities, NIRH is working with WAWH to advance the RESPECT Women Act, a package of bills that aims to repeal abortion restrictions and protect patients from political interference and clinic violence to ensure access to reproductive health care that is free from discrimination, harassment, coercion, or false information. This project involves collaboration with SiX. In 2019, NIRH worked closely with WAWH to defend against bad bills and inform the public about what reproductive rights look like in Wisconsin. With NIRH’s support, WAWH placed billboards in Madison and created a web platform to kick off a campaign to educate Wisconsinites about the barriers that already exist to full access to reproductive health care and what should be done to improve it. In response to a package of five anti-abortion bills introduced by Republican leadership in the state house, WAWH worked with the Democratic leadership and the Governor’s office to introduce the Abortion Access Protection Act. This project involved collaboration with SiX. Beginning in 2017, NIRH worked closely with WAWH to coordinate with legislators and coalition partners on the RESPECT Women Act. WAWH built public and legislative support for the Act’s expansion and protection of abortion access. NIRH supported the WAWH in its efforts from 2012 to 2014 to strengthen collaborations, improve voter education, and counter restrictions on access to reproductive health care.