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.

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

Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, & West Fund are engaging in a coordinated effort in three cities to improve the landscape of reproductive health, rights, and justice in their communities and to develop a cohesive multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. This work builds on the #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth a local proactive policy agenda for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input. These agendas were developed for Dallas and Houston in 2016 with support from NIRH and All* Above All. This year, they are creating a #ReproPowerTX agenda for El Paso, and working together closely to advocate for the introduction and passage of at least one policy, initiative, or resolution outlined in each city’s agenda with broad grassroots support in all three communities. This multi-city strategy is also demonstrating residents’ support for abortion through a Local Repro Day of Action in Dallas, El Paso, and Houston.

Lilith Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas (Houston, TX) continued to build on the success of their 2015 National Institute supported roundtable on abortion access and advocacy with the launch of a comprehensive reproductive rights agenda, #ReproPowerHouston, with an adjoining website at www.ReproPowerTx.org. The website’s launch drew support from local activists and elected officials. These two partners will now work towards passage of one of the policies listed in the agenda.

In 2015, the Lilith Fund partnered with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Foundation to build support among local elected officials, grasstop leaders, and other stakeholders to protect abortion access in Houston. Together, the two organizations hosted a summit for over 40 local elected officials and key stakeholders, with planning guidance and presentations from National Institute staff, to develop culturally competent strategies to protect abortion access in Houston and across the state. The two organizations also developed an online “Know Your Rights” campaign centered around www.needabortion.org, an online resource explaining Texas’s abortion restrictions and how to access abortion in Texas.

Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, & West Fund are engaging in a coordinated effort in three cities to improve the landscape of reproductive health, rights, and justice in their communities and to develop a cohesive multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. This work builds on the #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth a local proactive policy agenda for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input. These agendas were developed for Dallas and Houston in 2016 with support from NIRH and All* Above All. This year, they are creating a #ReproPowerTX agenda for El Paso, and working together closely to advocate for the introduction and passage of at least one policy, initiative, or resolution outlined in each city’s agenda with broad grassroots support in all three communities. This multi-city strategy is also demonstrating residents’ support for abortion through a Local Repro Day of Action in Dallas, El Paso, and Houston.

Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund (Dallas, TX) partnered with Texas Freedom Network (TFN) to create a progressive pro-choice agenda for Dallas. Building on the format used for the #ReproPowerTX agenda for Houston, TEA Fund developed a Dallas agenda that includes items to develop important cross-movement relationships. The agenda is a first step in supporting abortion access as a part of an overall progressive agenda, and will build key relationships to improve TEA Fund’s power when engaging with local officials. TEA Fund also engaged in an ongoing creative arts campaign to challenge abortion stigma.

In 2015, the TEA Fund (Dallas, Texas) developed a public awareness campaign, including a partnership with the local arts community, on the need for public funding of abortion care, while building relationships with local leaders to explore passage of an abortion coverage resolution.

Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, & West Fund are engaging in a coordinated effort in three cities to improve the landscape of reproductive health, rights, and justice in their communities and to develop a cohesive multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. This work builds on the #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth a local proactive policy agenda for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input. These agendas were developed for Dallas and Houston in 2016 with support from NIRH and All* Above All. This year, they are creating a #ReproPowerTX agenda for El Paso, and working together closely to advocate for the introduction and passage of at least one policy, initiative, or resolution outlined in each city’s agenda with broad grassroots support in all three communities. This multi-city strategy is also demonstrating residents’ support for abortion through a Local Repro Day of Action in Dallas, El Paso, and Houston.

Lilith Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas (Houston, TX) continued to build on the success of their 2015 National Institute supported roundtable on abortion access and advocacy with the launch of a comprehensive reproductive rights agenda, #ReproPowerHouston, with an adjoining website at www.ReproPowerTx.org. The website’s launch drew support from local activists and elected officials. These two partners will now work towards passage of one of the policies listed in the agenda.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas 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, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas worked to defeat anti-choice legislation with grassroots advocacy, an abortion story collection project, and research briefings for lawmakers. The project was conducted in partnership with Whole Women's Health.

In 2012, the Travis County Commissioner’s Court unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and calling for the restoration of family planning funding in Texas. In 2010, the organization won passage of an ordinance in the City of Austin to inform women about the limited services provided by crisis pregnancy centers.

Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, TEA Fund, & West Fund are engaging in a coordinated effort in three cities to improve the landscape of reproductive health, rights, and justice in their communities and to develop a cohesive multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. This work builds on the #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth a local proactive policy agenda for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input. These agendas were developed for Dallas and Houston in 2016 with support from NIRH and All* Above All. This year, they are creating a #ReproPowerTX agenda for El Paso, and working together closely to advocate for the introduction and passage of at least one policy, initiative, or resolution outlined in each city’s agenda with broad grassroots support in all three communities. This multi-city strategy is also demonstrating residents’ support for abortion through a Local Repro Day of Action in Dallas, El Paso, and Houston.

Past Partners

The Afiya Center created and led the Black Woman’s College RJ Movement at colleges in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This program provided training and networking opportunities to members of black women-led student organizations with the long-term goal of building a local reproductive justice movement. The Black Woman’s College RJ Movement also linked reproductive justice to voting rights education, and built the capacity of members to become leaders in voter education and getting out the vote in their communities. In 2014, the Afiya Center (Dallas, Texas) developed the Black Woman’s College RJ Movement to educate college-aged black women on HIV and reproductive justice. Engaged women of color in strategic trainings, voter education, and an advocacy meeting for the Campaign to End AIDS.

In 2009, Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region hosted the Austin Leadership Forum on Healthy Teens, bringing together leadership-level staff from local nonprofits, the City of Austin, Travis County, and the Austin Independent School District to examine local teen pregnancy and STI rates. The Forum resulted in the integration of benchmarks measuring teen pregnancy and STI rates into existing community initiatives.

Texas Freedom Network (TFN) (El Paso, Houston, & Dallas, TX) worked with Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and TEA Fund to identify stakeholders, build relationships with grasstops leaders, and develop the #ReproPowerTX agendas in Houston and Dallas. TFNEF also supported in hosting the convenings for the agenda releases in both cities, and hosted a messaging workshop in Houston for advocates. They also helped develop a campaign that would link the local-level work happening in each city into a statewide narrative.

TFNEF is also currently working as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas 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.