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Our Impact

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NIRH supports a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive rights, health, and justice through bold advocacy, creative education campaigns, and high-impact partnerships. Through our partnerships with more than 170 organizations in 64 localities and 43 states, we have helped groups on the ground pass laws, improve policies, strengthen coalitions, and build grassroots support to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2022 MEDIA CONTACT: Isabel Shepard, [email protected] NIRH Partners and Abortion Advocates Lead Efforts to Safeguard Access to Abortion; Groundswell of Actions Are a Clear Reminder of Widespread Support for Abortion Access NEW YORK, NY – Abortion advocates, voters, and elected leaders who support reproductive freedom have responded in kind to this summer’s disastrous Dobbs decision, ramping up efforts to safeguard abortion rights and access to reproductive care in line with the overwhelming popularity of people who support abortion access. Earlier this week, voters in Kansas came out definitively for reproductive freedom in the first post-Roe [...]

NIRH Congratulates Reproductive Equity Now on Passage of Historic Reproductive Health Care Bill in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2022 CONTACT: Emily Uhlmann, [email protected]   Reproductive Health Care Package Championed by Reproductive Equity Now Was Signed into Law, Enshrining Protections for Reproductive Freedom and Gender-Affirming Care On Friday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an abortion access bill into law to further protect access to reproductive health care services, thanks largely in part to the hard work of advocacy groups like Reproductive Equity Now, longtime partner and colleague organization. This law will have a major impact on abortion access in Massachusetts and lays a strong roadmap for other states to follow. The bill [...]

NIRH has been working for decades to improve access to abortion care in our home state of New York. In 2019 and on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New York enacted the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) to decriminalize and safeguard abortion and ensure greater access to reproductive health care. New York’s RHA is an example of bold legislation designed to ensure women have the health care they need and providers can meet the needs of their patients without political interference. The RHA ignited progress across the country, as eight more states enacted protections for abortion rights and access. [...]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

Oregon Commits $15million to Repro Infrastructure 

Following the successful partnership with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to secure Portland city funding for abortion care, NIRH again worked with the same advocates in 2022 to achieve this funding on the state level. Thanks to this advocacy, on March 16, 2022, Oregon passed a state budget that includes $15 million for abortion access. Read our press release about this budget victory. This is a bold initiative that will bridge the impact for many people seeking care – including not only Oregonians who already face barriers to accessing care, but also to neighbors [...]

March 16th, 2022|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

New Jersey Passes Reproductive Choice Act

On the eve of the 49th and presumed-to-be last anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act into law, along with a second bill ensuring coverage for 12 months of contraception without a copay. These were significant and meaningful steps forward for the state, and a victory for NIRH and our partners at the Thrive NJ Coalition. Read our press release on this bill passage. The Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, S49/A6260, codifies into statute the existing right to abortion in New Jersey, currently only protected by state case law. After [...]

January 19th, 2022|Categories: Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

Securing Municipal Funding for Abortion in Portland, OR

NIRH partnered with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to expand access to abortion by addressing a primary barrier to care: cost.   Thanks to this advocacy work, on September 15, 2021, the Portland City Council voted to allocate $200,000 to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in order to provide needed support and resources to those trying to access abortion care. This made Portland the third city in the United States to pass municipal funding for abortion care, following New York City and Austin.  This budget allocation came on the heels of the Supreme Court [...]

September 15th, 2021|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

California Awards Reparations to People the State Forcibly Sterilized

NIRH partnered with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) in 2021 to fight for reparations for the hundreds of survivors of state-sponsored forced sterilization. Through a grassroots campaign, wide coalition support, and intense lobbying, this successful campaign resulted in $7.5 million in California’s state budget. Read our press release on this historic victory. Between 2006 and 2010, a California state audit revealed that at least 144 people, the majority of whom identify as Black and Latinx, were illegally sterilized during labor and delivery while in custody in women’s prisons. Coerced sterilization of people in women’s prisons is the subject [...]

July 13th, 2021|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy, Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women|

Rhode Island Expands Doula Access

Expanding access to doula care — especially through insurance coverage — is critical to improving the health and safety of pregnant people and their children, and particularly Black birthing people and their families. In 2021, NIRH partnered with SISTA Fire to establish insurance coverage for doula care. This successful partnership led to securing  Medicaid coverage for the doula care through the state budget, and passage of SB 484/HB 5929, which mandates inclusion of doula care in private insurance plans.  Read our press release on this critical victory here.  Evidence strongly suggests that the presence of a doula significantly improves birth [...]

July 7th, 2021|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy|

Connecticut Expands Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the disproportionate impact of health crises on people of color. At the same time, high-profile police killings of Black people sparked a rising awareness of the injustices of systemic racism. In 2021, Health Equity Solutions led a campaign across 21 cities and towns across Connecticut to officially declare racism a public health crisis. In 2021, Health Equity Solutions took this work to the state level and pressed for the passage of SB1, An Act Equalizing Comprehensive Access to Mental, Behavioral and Physical Health Care in Response to the Pandemic, a bill that acknowledges that racism [...]

June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy|

Establishing a Reproductive Health Fund in Kalamazoo

NIRH believes that localities are laboratories for innovation in policy-making that centers equitable access to reproductive health care. We are committed to securing municipal funding to support abortion access, and we ground our strategy in the growing movement to create municipal budgets that truly invest in community health and safety rather than over-policing. In 2021, NIRH worked with All* Above All and the YWCA of Kalamazoo to become the first city with a Reproductive Health Fund that supports the full range of reproductive and sexual health care options. Through a shared vision and strategy, we secured county funding for the [...]

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