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Our Partners in Connecticut

We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.

Past Partners

State partner
Health Equity Solutions

In 2021, NIRH built on its multi-year efforts with Health Equity Solutions (HES) to continue to advance reproductive equity in Connecticut. HES led the charge to pass a bill to expand health equity and address growing racial disparities in reproductive health care in 2021. Through the doula coalition which HES is a critical part of, NIRH supported doulas in highlighting the critical need for safety during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the post-partum period, especially for Black and Latinx people and infants who experience a dramatically disproportionate share of poor birth outcomes in a state where the maternal mortality rate for Black residents is rising at an alarming pace. Together, NIRH and HES strategized with the Departments of Public Health and Social Services to advance the process of ensuring doula care can be covered by Medicaid in Connecticut.  In 2020, NIRH worked with Health Equity Solutions, Hartford GYN Center, and Pro-Choice Connecticut to promote proactive reproductive freedom legislation. Pro-Choice Connecticut and Hartford GYN Center led the way on measures to prevent anti-abortion pregnancy centers from engaging in deceptive and harmful advertising, and to ensure that abortion is accessible and covered by insurance. Health Equity Solutions, in keeping with its core mission, promoted health care policies intended to address racial disparities in health care access and outcomes in Connecticut, including Medicaid-covered access to doulas.    In 2019, Health Equity Solutions, Pro-Choice Connecticut, and Hartford GYN Center partnered with NIRH to promote an ambitious package of proactive reproductive freedom legislation, including measures that would prevent fake clinics from engaging in deceptive and harmful advertising and ensure that abortion is accessible and covered by insurance. All three organizations are members of the CT Coalition for Choice, which held an effective lobby day that featured advocacy and testimony workshops for medical students, clinic escorts, and other grassroots supporters. Health Equity Solutions prioritized a bill for the certification and funding for Doula care coverage in Medicaid. Through this advocacy and with NIRH’s support, Health Equity Solutions built their expertise and were able to direct some of the work in the Doula effort in Connecticut.

State & local partner
Hartford GYN Center

Hartford GYN Center is an abortion provider and advocacy organization with which NIRH partners from 2017-2020. In coordination with Pro-Choice Connecticut and Health Equity Solutions on a range of initiatives to improve access to abortion care in Connecticut. One such initiative was to work at the city level in Hartford and in the Connecticut legislature to regulate the deceptive and harmful advertising tactics of anti-abortion pregnancy centers in Connecticut, resulting in passage of a Hartford ordinance 2017 and a state law in 2021.  

State & local partner
Pro-Choice Connecticut

NIRH has worked with Pro-Choice Connecticut (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut), in collaboration with Hartford GYN Center and Health Equity Solutions to advance and secure reproductive freedom across Connecticut. In 2021, Pro-Choice Connecticut led the charge to pass SB835, legislation to protect against the deceptive advertising practices of anti-abortion pregnancy centers. NIRH worked with Pro-Choice Connecticut since 2017 to draft and finally pass this bill. Momentum to regulate anti-abortion pregnancy centers in the the state began in 2017 when NIRH worked with Pro-Choice Connecticut and Hartford GYN to pass a local ordinance in Hartford to regulate the especially dangerous and deceptive practices of anti-abortion pregnancy centers in the city. NIRH's work with Pro-Choice Connecticut dates back to 2006, when we worked together to advocate for increased access to emergency contraception.