Our Partners in North Carolina
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
North Carolina Survivors Union
The North Carolina Survivors Union (NCSU) is a community-led organization comprised of people directly impacted by substance use. NIRH worked with NCSU in an initiative focused on the rights of pregnant women, transgender men, and others who can become pregnant who use drugs or are coping with substance use disorder. NCSU built relationships with key stakeholders, including social workers, judges, hospital workers, and harm reductionists, in order to train them on Medication Assisted Treatment and how they can do their jobs while acting in the best interests of both parents and babies. The long-term goal of this project was to build a sustainable coalition of health care workers, harm reductionists, reproductive rights advocates, and drug users to fill the critical gap between reproductive justice and those who are pregnant or parents who use drugs.
In 2017, Pro-Choice NC launched a grassroots campaign in support of a local resolution calling for the repeal of federal and state abortion coverage bans as a step towards economic and reproductive justice in Durham County. Pro-Choice NC kicked off their campaign during the BOLD the Future Week of Action and alongside coalition partners, educated county officials on the importance of these issues, laying the groundwork for passage of a local resolution in the future.
In 2014, with NIRH's support, Pro-Choice NC engaged in public education, community engagement, and coalition building around the regulatory process for the state’s new TRAP law. A critical component of this work was engaging non-traditional allies and youth. The organization also contributed to a process that prevented Department of Health and Human Services regulations from significantly restricting the practice of abortion clinics in North Carolina.
In 2011, Pro-Choice NC released a report on crisis pregnancy centers and successfully advocated for passage of a resolution opposing their deceptive practices in the Chapel Hill Town Council.
El Pueblo, Inc.
NIRH supported 2015 efforts by El Pueblo to advocate for comprehensive sex education in Wake County, N.C., under the Healthy Youth Act, which requires local communities to utilize an unbiased and evidence-based sex education curriculum. Focusing on schools that have a high concentration of Latino students, El Pueblo practiced intergenerational organizing by engaging the Latino/a youth and adult members of their Intergenerational Capacity Building Institute as leaders in the campaign, building strong relationships with local officials in the community, and developing a model for collaborative advocacy across generations.