Wisconsin

NIRH and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) are partnering to develop, launch, and evaluate a campaign to expand eligibility for and access to Wisconsin’s Family Planning Only Service (FPOS) Program, which provides family planning coverage for low-income individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid. In collaboration with academic partners, health care providers, and community-based groups including community doulas, this partnership seeks to ensure that expanded access to contraceptive care is person-centered, inclusive, and affordable, including the development of tools and resources to counter implicit bias and educate stakeholders on the reproductive justice framework.  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.