Our Impact

Our Impact

A Record of Success

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.

Our Impact2019-07-19T19:07:38-04:00

Explore NIRH’s Impact By Topic:

NIRH’s Recent Successes:

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 [...]

Polling on New Jersey’s Reproductive Freedom Act

In its effort to move the Reproductive Freedom Act (RFA) in New Jersey, NIRH commissioned polling in New Jersey that revealed widespread public support for the RFA and access to reproductive health care in general. Read the full memo here.    About the Reproductive Freedom Act Championed by the Thrive NJ coalition, which includes NIRH, the RFA would greatly expand access to reproductive health care by removing financial barriers for access to birth control, abortion, and pregnancy care; removing medically unnecessary regulations that cause barriers to care; and declaring that all New Jerseyans have a fundamental right to access reproductive [...]

New Mexico

Both NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund have worked steadily in New Mexico for several years to ensure that New Mexico repeals its pre-Roe law criminalizing abortion access and continues to be a haven for abortion access in the Southwest. In 2021, with a newly strengthened majority in support of abortion access in the State Senate, New Mexico successfully repealed its outdated criminal abortion law. 

Virginia Legislative Victories

Both NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund have worked steadily in Virginia for several years — Virginia has now passed proactive abortion laws two years in a row, rolling back a host of restrictions to create a much-needed access point in the Southeast. Virginia had once been infamous for its attacks on abortion care, passing a raft of barriers to abortion access throughout the 2010s. The NIRH Action Fund worked in Virginia in 2017 and 2019, and in the 2019 elections, Virginia voters elected a pro-choice majority in the General Assembly for the first time in two decades. New lawmakers [...]

Massachusetts legislative victories

One of our core strategies has been to pass laws in every state possible to secure reproductive freedom. In Massachusetts, we worked alongside partners for many years to reform the Commonwealth’s surprisingly restrictive reproductive health laws, securing reproductive freedom in state law, removes barriers to abortion and expands access to this care. In 2017, we worked together to pass the ACCESS (Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State) bill, which put in place state-level protections for contraceptive access without a copay. In 2018, we passed the NASTY Woman Act, repealing the commonwealth’s centuries-old criminal abortion law. Armed with [...]

Polling on Abortion Access in Arizona and Pennsylvania

NIRH Action Fund commissioned polling in 2020 in Arizona and Pennsylvania that found widespread support for abortion access in these key battleground states. This polling builds on NIRH’s national and state-based public opinion and message research conducted since 2016.  The Arizona and Pennsylvania surveys yield strikingly similar results, and indicate that voters in these states are eager for elected officials to advance a bold vision for reproductive freedom. Read the full poll memo here.

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Communications Strategy, Polling + Messaging, Publications & Reports|

Establishment of Maternal Mortality Review Boards to Address Racial Disparities in New York

On August 1, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill creating the New York State and New York City Maternal Mortality Review Boards and a Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advisory Council. Comprised of diverse groups of clinical experts, the review boards and the council will undertake a comprehensive review of every maternal death in New York State and develop recommendations and best practices to lower the maternal mortality rate. This legislation confronts a public health crisis – New York’s maternal death rate rose from 13.2 per 100,000 live births in 2006 to 25 per 100,000 in 2015, and Black women [...]

August 4th, 2019|Categories: Impact|

Combating Misinformation, Advancing Proactive Policies in Illinois & Vermont

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.

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy Campaigns, Impact, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access, Uncategorized|

Clearer Standards for Health Insurer ID Cards

In 2017, NIRH successfully fought for no-copay coverage of abortion and contraception for all state-regulated insurance plans in New York. However, many New Yorkers are covered by employer-provided self-funded plans which are governed by federal law and do not have to comply with state-level requirements. NIRH then urged the state to find a creative solution that would ensure that all New Yorkers would be able to understand if their health insurance plan must comply with New York state requirements which guarantees coverage for abortion and contraception. In July of 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new regulation for health insurer [...]

July 10th, 2019|Categories: Access to Contraception, Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion|

Fund Abortion NYC

New York City made history for abortion access as the first city in the nation to directly fund abortion care! NIRH Action Fund and our partners in the #FundAbortionNYC Coalition worked with the New York City Council to ensure that financial barriers don't interfere with anyone's ability to control when and whether to become a parent.

June 27th, 2019|Categories: Impact, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|
Go to Top