NIRH + SiX: Partnering to Advance Abortion Access in Three States

In this current environment of political retrenchment, the need to present a proactive vision and build a vibrant movement in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice is more important than ever. That’s why the National Institute for Reproductive Health is launching a new initiative in partnership with the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) to provide support to advocates and lawmakers in Colorado, Georgia, and Wisconsin who will work together in 2018 to lay the groundwork for introducing and moving a proactive reproductive health policy agenda, including affirmative abortion access bills in 2019.
For more information on the partnership, see the press release.

The Projects

  • Promoting Legislation to Improve Abortion Access in Colorado

    Colorado • Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
    Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado are teaming up to work with lawmakers to advance policies ensuring that all Coloradans, including young people, low-income communities, people of color, immigrants and refugees, and public service employees, are able to access the full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion. Together, we are developing and implementing a multi-pronged approach that incorporates advocacy, messaging, and field efforts to galvanize public support for this agenda.

  • Advancing Proactive Policies with a Reproductive Justice Framework in Georgia

    Georgia • Feminist Women’s Health Center and SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
    After decades of fighting restrictive anti-abortion bills in Georgia, NIRH is working with Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) and SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW (SPARK) to design and implement a multi-year proactive policy strategy, grounded in the reproductive justice framework, which will shift the public and political landscape on abortion access. A key goal of their efforts will be to demonstrate the connections between the harms inflicted on women by abortion restrictions and by the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers, and the high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in the state. In 2018, working with lawmakers and activists, the two organizations are working to move proactive reproductive health legislation, including the Whole Woman’s Health Act that would codify the fundamental right to abortion into Georgia law.

  • Advocating for the Respect Women Act in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin • Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
    NIRH worked with the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) in 2017 to successfully coordinate with legislators and coalition partners to introduce the Respect Women Act. This year, NIRH will again support WAWH as they continue to build public and legislative support for the Act’s expansion and protection of abortion access. WAWH is engaging lawmakers and utilizing field and communications strategies to educate the community on the need for this legislation, laying the groundwork for success in the current legislative session and beyond.