Proactive Policy on Abortion Access

Proactive Policy on Abortion Access2019-07-18T15:32:59-04:00

About This Work

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.

For the last decade, NIRH has worked to increase access to reproductive health care facilities that provide abortion, using all the policy tools at our disposal to ensure that women are able to access the quality care they need free from fear, intimidation, and violence. NIRH works with partners to develop local policy strategies to address clinic violence, encouraging clinics and advocates to seek appropriate policy remedies for threats to patients and clinics in communities.

At the same time, we’ve worked to ensure that so-called crisis pregnancy centers – fake clinics that pose as legitimate reproductive health care facilities – are not able to deceive and manipulate women in an effort to prevent them from making their own decisions about abortion. Nearly 2,500 fake clinics exist in communities across the country. Common tactics of fake clinics include presenting an aura of medical authority to trick women into thinking they are in an abortion clinic, lying to women about the gestational age of their fetuses, and dispensing intentionally misleading information to prevent women from accessing abortion. NIRH has worked with advocates to pass city regulations in cities across the country, including Austin, Baltimore, Hartford, and New York City. Although some of these ordinances are no longer enforced following legal challenges, advocates in several cities have been successful in regulating these dangerous centers. Amidst ongoing momentum at both the state and local levels to improve access to reproductive health care, NIRH will continue to work with advocates on the ground to fight the deception of fake clinics in cities and states across the country.

Our Successes

NIRH has been working for decades to improve access to abortion care in our home state of New York. In 2019 and on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New York enacted the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) to decriminalize and safeguard abortion and ensure greater access to reproductive health care. New York’s RHA is an example of bold legislation designed to ensure women have the health care they need and providers can meet the needs of their patients without political interference. The RHA ignited progress across the country, as eight more states enacted protections for abortion rights and access. [...]

May 15th, 2022|

Oregon Commits $15million to Repro Infrastructure 

Following the successful partnership with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to secure Portland city funding for abortion care, NIRH again worked with the same advocates in 2022 to achieve this funding on the state level. Thanks to this advocacy, on March 16, 2022, Oregon passed a state budget that includes $15 million for abortion access. Read our press release about this budget victory. This is a bold initiative that will bridge the impact for many people seeking care – including not only Oregonians who already face barriers to accessing care, but also to neighbors [...]

March 16th, 2022|

New Jersey Passes Reproductive Choice Act

On the eve of the 49th and presumed-to-be last anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act into law, along with a second bill ensuring coverage for 12 months of contraception without a copay. These were significant and meaningful steps forward for the state, and a victory for NIRH and our partners at the Thrive NJ Coalition. Read our press release on this bill passage. The Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, S49/A6260, codifies into statute the existing right to abortion in New Jersey, currently only protected by state case law. After [...]

January 19th, 2022|

Securing Municipal Funding for Abortion in Portland, OR

NIRH partnered with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to expand access to abortion by addressing a primary barrier to care: cost.   Thanks to this advocacy work, on September 15, 2021, the Portland City Council voted to allocate $200,000 to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in order to provide needed support and resources to those trying to access abortion care. This made Portland the third city in the United States to pass municipal funding for abortion care, following New York City and Austin.  This budget allocation came on the heels of the Supreme Court [...]

September 15th, 2021|

Establishing a Reproductive Health Fund in Kalamazoo

NIRH believes that localities are laboratories for innovation in policy-making that centers equitable access to reproductive health care. We are committed to securing municipal funding to support abortion access, and we ground our strategy in the growing movement to create municipal budgets that truly invest in community health and safety rather than over-policing. In 2021, NIRH worked with All* Above All and the YWCA of Kalamazoo to become the first city with a Reproductive Health Fund that supports the full range of reproductive and sexual health care options. Through a shared vision and strategy, we secured county funding for the [...]

April 8th, 2021|
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