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Passing a Resolution to Support the EACH Woman Act in Philadelphia, PA

On September 29, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council, led by Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Councilwoman Helen Gym, unanimously passed a resolution calling for passage of the EACH Woman Act and for an end to state and federal bans on insurance coverage of abortion. In taking this action, the City Council joined its Board of Health, who passed a similar resolution in February 2013. The City Council featured moving testimony from advocates on the importance of passing this resolution.

Read the resolution here.
Read coverage at Rewire.
Read the press statement from Women’s Law Project here.
Read the Storify of live-tweeting […]

Passing a Resolution to Support the End of the Hyde Amendment in Boston, MA

On September 28, the Boston City Council, led by Councilmember Ayanna Pressley, unanimously passed a resolution honoring the United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action and calling an end to 40 years of the Hyde Amendment. The National Institute and All* Above All partnered with a coalition of organizations in Boston included Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, the ACLU of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) Fund, an abortion fund that had previously led work to pass a resolution in nearby Cambridge, to support the Boston City Council in this work.  Councilor Pressley spoke about the […]

Passing a Resolution to Support the End to the Hyde Amendment in Ithaca, NY

On September 7, 2016, the Ithaca Common Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution condemning the Hyde Amendment and calling upon the US Congress and President Obama to support and reinstate insurance coverage for abortion services. The National Institute and All* Above All worked closely with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes to support the lead sponsor of the resolution, Alderperson Cynthia Brock, and the other Alders on the Common Council to introduce and win passage of the resolution. Mayor Svante Merrick further expressed his support by releasing a Mayoral Proclamation calling for the passage of the EACH Woman […]

Public Campaign on the Criminalization of Abortion: How Much Time

Since 2008, NIRH has engaged in an ongoing campaign to inform supporters about the threat posed by anti-abortion movement to criminalize women who access abortion care.

In 2016, in an attempt to educate the public about the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform’s implications for women who have abortions, NIRH launched an aggressive, multi-platform advocacy campaign asking a critical question that anti-abortion activists have refused to reckon with: “If abortion is made illegal, how much time will a woman serve?”

NIRH ran billboards across Cleveland during the Republican National Convention to inform attendees and the public about the dangerous implications of outlawing abortion […]

Passing a Clinic Protection Law in Columbus, OH

In June 2016, the Columbus, OH City Council unanimously passed the “Healthcare Workers and Patient Protection Ordinance.” The measure establishes a 15-foot zone around clinics, within which there are enhanced penalties for engaging in “disorderly conduct.” This ordinance also prohibits obstruction of clinic entrances and premises, and prohibits conduct within the buffer zone that “places another person in reasonable fear of physical harm, or attempts to do the same.” Councilmember Elizabeth Brown sponsored the ordinance, and the introductory text cites “the disturbing trend of increasing threats of violence and vandalism” at reproductive health care facilities as the explanation for the […]

Prohibiting the Shackling of Pregnant Incarcerated Women in MA

In 2016, NIRH supported the implementation of new laws in Massachusetts designed to prohibit the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women and improve the treatment of pregnant women in prison overall with our partners Prisoners’ Legal Services and the Prison Birth Project. They engaged in public education, media outreach, advocacy with executive branch officials, and research, and ultimately published a thorough report about the first year of the law’s implementation.

Documenting the problems with implementation of this new law led to the law’s original sponsor introducing new legislation to address those issues and close other gaps also identified by Prison Birth Project […]

Raising Awareness of the Movement to Criminalize Women for their Abortions

NIRH President Andrea Miller has been an outspoken advocate against the laws that criminalize women for their abortion decisions. She has emerged as one of the leaders in the field ringing the alarm bell about politicians’ threats to shame, pressure, and ultimately punish women who end their pregnancies.

See her op-ed in TIME magazine.

To read more about our work on decriminalizing abortion, click here.

Exposing the Anti-Choice Agenda through a Google Chrome Extension

Tired of seeing the fraught term “pro-life” used ubiquitously and incorrectly, we conceived of this Google Chrome extension to shift the language of the discussion towards a more accurate framework. When downloaded, this Google Chrome extension will change any instance of “pro-life” to “anti-choice,” revealing the phrase for what it is: an attempt to stop women from having control over their bodies, their futures, and their lives.

Those who stand against a woman’s right to decide what is best for her own body prop themselves up as righteous saviors using a problematic framework of rhetoric and religion. The term “pro-life” is inaccurate […]

Public Opinion Research – Proactively Engaging Voters on Abortion Access

7 in 10 voters want a woman’s experience having an abortion to be safe, legal, and respectful of a women’s decision.

Conventional wisdom frequently suggests the public is deeply divided on abortion and, at least tacitly, approves of the kinds of restrictions states have passed to limit a woman’s access to it.

From 2015 – 2017, NIRH has conducted qualitative and quantitative research — including focus groups in ten states across the country and two nationwide polls — to harness voters’ latent support for abortion access.

This research found that voters are not aware of the trend of […]

Public Opinion Research – Connecting the Dots: Abortion Access and Financial Stability in Virginia

In June 2015, NIRH commissioned non-partisan research organization PerryUndem Research/Communication to poll Virginia voters about their views on the connections, if any, among reproductive decisions, including abortion rights, women’s equality, and financial stability. (See the full polling memo)

We found that most Virginia voters agree that there is a link between access to abortion and women’s financial stability and equality. In addition to support for proactive abortion policies, large majorities of Virginia voters also agreed with the economic proposals included in the proposed Virginia Women’s Equality Agenda, such as stronger laws to ensure equal pay for equal work, making sure all workers get a minimum number […]