Our State Partners in Georgia
Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) is an independent abortion clinic that is activating the base it has built through organizing and engaging communities in advocacy over the past 20 years. With support from NIRH, FWHC plans to advance two proactive bills that would ensure women are provided with safe and accurate information about their reproductive health and unburdened access to abortion care. The Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) Response Bill would require any organization that receives state funding to provide only medically accurate information with those funds, thereby barring state funds from going to anti-choice organizations that deceive women seeking abortions. The Whole Woman’s Health Act embraces the landmark Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt by requiring that any future state legislation related to abortion demonstrate a benefit to women’s health and by repealing state policies that clearly place an undue burden on access to abortion care. If passed, this law would block many types of abortion restrictions currently on the books in Georgia.
FWHC built their base and did civic engagement work around the 2016 election and support for the Strong Families Resolution first introduced in 2015, hosting a series of events, lobby days, and individual legislator meetings. Using the Strong Families framework, the FWHC was able to register many first-time voters and educate others about their voting eligibility.
In 2015, FWHC advocated for access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion care, by engaging in a grassroots campaign to support the Georgia Thriving Families Resolution , a one-of-a-kind resolution drafted by the National Institute and local partners that details the many policies that Georgia should adopt to ensure Thriving Families in the state, including affordable access to abortion care. By the end of 2015, the resolution had been introduced in the legislature with five co-sponsors.. FWHC reached constituents through a media campaign and special events, such as house parties and community festivals, to apply pressure directly to legislators in hopes of galvanizing support for proactive legislation.
In 2014, with the National Institute's support, FWHC hosted a legislative action, "Walk in My Shoes, Hear Our Voice Event," at the state capitol. The coalition also led efforts to draft a resolution in support of Georgia’s Strong Families, supporting the full range of comprehensive health care.
In 2013, FWHC hosted a reproductive rights policymaker's summit and reception for Georgia legislators and advocates.
In 2009, the National Institute worked with FWHC to launch a campaign promoting the use of the female condom, with the goal of requiring that all places that sell male condoms also sell female condoms. This project was conducted in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Georgia.