About This Work
NIRH has long worked to shape the national conversation about reproductive health care, demystifying abortion and contraception while grounding them in the context of women’s lives.
Alongside our work to advance policies to improve access to abortion and contraception, NIRH engages in public education campaigns to bring information, support, and empowerment directly to communities most in need of that access. From informational campaigns blanketing specific cities to nationwide digital advocacy campaigns, NIRH has taken its message to the public, informing about threats to access, engage supporters to get involved, and encourage action to improve reproductive health.
Also see the public education work of the NIRH Action Fund here.
In 2019 Illinois and Vermont passed bold legislation that protects and enshrines the right to reproductive health care. NIRH launched digital campaigns in Illinois and Vermont to celebrate this groundbreaking legislation and to guard against potential backlash by promoting accurate information about the laws.
With the implications of a gutted Roe, and fewer abortion clinics open and accessible, we now face the perfect storm for the criminalization of women and medical professionals for seeking or providing abortions. Archaic laws criminalizing abortion could become enforceable and states could introduce new legislation to ban abortion outright, as they have in Ohio. In 2018 and 2019, NIRH supported statewide campaigns in Ohio, New York, and Michigan to decriminalize people seeking abortions and providers who offer abortion care.
Following the successful passage of the Reproductive Health Act, opponents of abortion access began spreading lies and misinformation about the law in an effort to push their anti-abortion agenda and halt similar progress in other states. In response to the web of misinformation spun by those who would like to see abortion criminalized, NIRH launched an aggressive ad campaign in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC to set the record straight on the RHA and other proactive legislation.
For more than 10 years, NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund led the advocacy campaign to educate the public, rally New Yorkers, and convince elected officials to update New York’s laws by passing the Reproductive Health Act.
In October 2018 NIRH launched a month-long education campaign to inform the public about New York’s outdated abortion laws. Before the Reproductive Health Act passed in 2019, New York was just one of a handful of states with laws from the 1800s still on the books that criminalized self-managed abortion performed without a medical provider. With the creation of three videos and digital ads that explain the different ways these antiquated laws impact women and other pregnant people, we reached over 123,000 New Yorkers raising awareness about this issue. Watch the videos here: [...]