Local Partners

Local Partners

Supporting innovative efforts in cities and counties

Because proactive change is truly possible on the local level, the National Institute partners with organizations working in cities and counties to strengthen partnerships with policymakers, build community support, and advance local policy solutions to reproductive health issues.

Current Local Partner
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Our Local Partners in Pennsylvania
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
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Current Partners

New Voices for Reproductive Justice is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Pennsylvania and Ohio on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

In 2013, New Voices for Reproductive Justice  worked to incorporate a reproductive justice framework and include the voices of women of color into the Pennsylvanians for Choice Coalition. They also held a Reproductive Justice Allies  Training and created a Diversity Committee. In 2010, they hosted a Policymaker Leadership Institute to introduce local elected officials to the reproductive justice framework and to discuss the reproductive health of incarcerated women in county jails, later helping to secure passage of a statewide anti-shackling bill.

Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania (FHCCP) is collaborating with the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania to engage LGBT youth as advocates for sexuality education in their communities, lifting the voices and developing the power of a group often overlooked in the development and delivery of this content. The young people will evaluate a curriculum designed by FHCCP for inclusiveness, clarity, and comprehensiveness, receive advocacy training, and then meet with school superintendents throughout their region to advocate directly for the importance of implementing LGBT-inclusive sexuality education in their schools.

Past Partners

The Women's Law Project worked as part of a cohort of organizations in Pennsylvania on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

In 2015, the Women's Law Project, responding to abortion provider harassment in their home state of Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh, developed guidelines for state and local police departments to assist them in addressing and averting the persistent, targeted harassment of abortion providers, with support from the National Institute. Sue Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney at WLP, presented with National Institute staff and former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on a webinar discussing clinic safety following McCullen v. Coakley.

In 2013, the Women's Law Project campaigned against a bill to ban abortion coverage on the state health exchange and worked to advance a proactive Pennsylvania Women's Equality Agenda. In 2010, the Women's Law Project assisted the city of Pittsburgh with implementation and enforcement of their new clinic safety ordinance and built support in Philadelphia for implementation of a similar ordinance.

In 2009, they created a guide to passing successful clinic safety zone legislation for local advocates based on successes in Pittsburgh and hosted a conference for clinic escorts in Pennsylvania to discuss their work and share best practices..

In 2011, the Planned Parenthood Association of Pennsylvania hosted a bootcamp for legislators that provided pro- and mixed-choice allies with an overview of reproductive health issues facing Philadelphia and Pennsylvania overall and provided on-camera media training for talking about those issues.

 

Women’s Medical Fund (WMF) (Philadelphia, PA) successfully advocated for passage of a Philadelphia City Council resolution supporting the EACH Woman Act and calling on the state to lift insurance bans on abortion during the United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action. Through this process, they mobilized their supporters, developed relationships with City Council members and staff, acquired knowledge of the City Council legislative process, and raised the visibility of WMF as a voice for reproductive rights in Philadelphia.

In 2015, The Women's Medical Fund developed a campaign with grassroots supporters and social justice allies to urge passage of a resolution supporting insurance coverage of abortion by the Philadelphia City Council. This effort built on the unanimous passage of a resolution in support of insurance coverage of abortion passed by the Philadelphia Board of Health in 2013. This project was conducted in partnership with Women's Way.

 

 

 

Women's Way (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) developed a campaign with grassroots supporters and social justice allies to urge passage of a resolution supporting insurance coverage of abortion by the Philadelphia City Council. This effort built on the unanimous passage of a resolution in support of insurance coverage of abortion passed by the Philadelphia Board of Health in 2013. This project was conducted in partnership with Women's Medical Fund.