Access to high-quality, trustworthy abortion care is central to our ability to control our bodies, our lives, and our futures. Advancing abortion care means both ensuring that abortion clinics are safe for patients and providers, and preventing the deception of “crisis pregnancy centers,” which are fake clinics that lie and deceive women.
Access to the full range of contraceptive options is essential to having control over our bodies and our lives. NIRH is committed to expanding access to contraception through lifting policy barriers and expanding insurance coverage, so that all individuals can make can make the decisions necessary to lead healthy reproductive lives.
When a woman has decided to end a pregnancy and is unable to obtain an abortion from a health care provider for any reason, she may induce her abortion on her own. In some states, that could mean risking prosecution and jail. NIRH is working to ensure that however a woman chooses to end a pregnancy, she can do so safely, effectively, and without fear of prosecution.
NIRH works on the local and state level to restore public coverage of abortion, so that all people can access the reproductive health care they need regardless of where their insurance comes from. Ending bans on insurance coverage of abortion is a matter of reproductive and economic justice.
The Local Index is a biennial initiative that evaluates the reproductive health, rights, and justice policies of 50 U.S. cities and municipalities. Amid the wave of attacks from both federal and state governments, cities have emerged as a collective counterweight, standing up to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. The Local Index analyzes what policies have been enacted, where cities fall short, and what more can be done. It also offers advocates and policymakers a roadmap of concrete steps they can take to build stronger, healthier communities.
NIRH works with local and state advocates to highlight the reproductive needs of incarcerated women; provide sexual health education and services inside and outside the prison walls; and deepen relationships with policymakers and prison officials to adopt and implement better policies.