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Our Partners in Texas

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

Current Partners

State & local partner
State Infrastructure Project - Texas

NIRH works with a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term proactive abortion policy and culture shift project to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. This project includes The Afiya Center, AVOW (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Texas), Frontera Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Jane's Due Process,  Lilith Fund, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice - Texas Advocacy Initiative, Progress Texas Institute, TEA Fund, Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, West Fund, and Whole Woman's Health Alliance.

State & local partner
West Fund

NIRH currently works with the West Fund as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term proactive abortion policy and culture shift project to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. West Fund is cultivating the next generation of reproductive justice advocates to pass a comprehensive sexuality education policy in school districts in El Paso County. With support from NIRH in 2018, West Fund engaged school districts and school health advisory committees (SHACs) to promote sexual health education policies that were evidence-based, medically accurate, and supportive and inclusive of all young people, including LGBTQIA students. in 2019, NIRH worked with West Fund to build on those efforts by educating and empowering young people to lead the charge for comprehensive sexual health education in their schools. West Fund’s continued investment in young people is rooted in their work as an abortion fund that advocates for reproductive justice while centering historically underrepresented and marginalized people and communities. Building on the 2017 launch of their #ReproPowerTX local policy agenda for El Paso, which was supported by NIRH and All* Above All and developed in collaboration with Avows, Lilith Fund, and Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, in 2018 West Fund began calling for implementation of a core tenet of the agenda, comprehensive sexuality education in El Paso County. NIRH worked with West Fund to engage independent school districts and school health advisory committees to reform and successfully implement a sexuality education curriculum that is evidence-based, medically accurate, comprehensive, and supportive and inclusive of all young people, including LGBTQIA students. In 2017, West Fund worked with Lilith Fund, Avow, and the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund to implement a coordinated, multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. They expanded their #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth local proactive policy agendas for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input, by launching a policy agenda in El Paso and hosted Local Repro Days of Action in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Houston to center the stories of people who have had abortions.

State & local partner
Texas Freedom Network

NIRH currently works with the Texas Freedom Neroekas part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term proactive abortion policy and culture shift project to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. Starting in 2017, Texas Freedom Network (TFN)  worked with Lilith Fund, Avow, and TEA Fund to identify stakeholders, build relationships with grasstops leaders, and develop the #ReproPowerTX agendas in Houston and Dallas. TFN also supported in hosting the convenings for the agenda releases in both cities, and hosted a messaging workshop in Houston for advocates. They also helped develop a campaign that would link the local-level work happening in each city into a statewide narrative.  

State & local partner
Avow

NIRH has worked with Avow (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Texas) for more than a decade to help build the support system for abortion advocacy and care in Texas. NIRH currently works with the Avow as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term proactive abortion policy and culture shift project to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. At the state level, Avow has led the charge on the ground to fight for abortion access and reproductive justice. In 2015, Avow led a grassroots movement against the Texas law that shuttered abortion clinics and led to the Supreme Court case Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt -- which struck down Texas's unjustified anti-abortion law. With the passage of Texas's six-week abortion ban, Avow has again been a leader in advocacy in support of abortion care. NIRH has been proud to provide Avow with media and communications support as it has emerged as a state and national leader in abortion advocacy. On the local level, Avow has been part of the network of groups fighting to make gains at the local level in cities across Texas. In 2019, NIRH worked with this network to secure $150,000 in funding for practical support for abortion care from the Austin City Council. This win built on NIRH's 2017 partnership with Pro-Choice Texas, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, and the West Fund to implement a cohesive, multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. Their #ReproPowerTX campaign puts forth local proactive policy agendas for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input. This partnership has resulted in campaigns such as #ReproPowerHouston.    

State & local partner
TEA Fund

NIRH currently works with the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term proactive abortion policy and culture shift project to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. In 2017, NIRH worked with the Lilith Fund, Avow, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, and West Fund on a coordinated effort to implement a cohesive, multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. They expanded their #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth local proactive policy agendas for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input, by launching a policy agenda in El Paso and hosted Local Repro Days of Action in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Houston to center the stories of people who have had abortions. Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund (Dallas, TX) partnered with Texas Freedom Network (TFN) to create a progressive pro-choice agenda for Dallas. Building on the format used for the #ReproPowerTX agenda for Houston, TEA Fund developed a Dallas agenda that includes items to develop important cross-movement relationships. The agenda is a first step in supporting abortion access as a part of an overall progressive agenda, and will build key relationships to improve TEA Fund’s power when engaging with local officials. TEA Fund also engaged in an ongoing creative arts campaign to challenge abortion stigma. In 2015, the TEA Fund (Dallas, Texas) developed a public awareness campaign, including a partnership with the local arts community, on the need for public funding of abortion care, while building relationships with local leaders to explore passage of an abortion coverage resolution.

State & local partner
Whole Woman's Health Alliance

Whole Woman's Health Alliance is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. In 2018, NIRH worked with the Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen clinic – the only abortion provider in the Rio Grande Valley – which had been experiencing increasingly aggressive attacks from anti-abortion advocates. This clinic serves a key border community that is experiencing poverty, increased militarization, and anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions, both nationally and from the Texas state legislature.  Together, we worked to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture, to educate and build relationships with local elected officials, law enforcement, and community members on the importance of protecting the clinic and its patients and providers. In 2013, WWHA worked to defeat anti-choice legislation with grassroots advocacy, an abortion story collection project, and research briefings for lawmakers. This project was conducted in partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.  

State partner
The Afiya Center

The Afiya Center is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. The Afiya Center created and led the Black Woman’s College RJ Movement at colleges in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This program provided training and networking opportunities to members of black women-led student organizations with the long-term goal of building a local reproductive justice movement. The Black Woman’s College RJ Movement also linked reproductive justice to voting rights education, and built the capacity of members to become leaders in voter education and getting out the vote in their communities. In 2014, the Afiya Center (Dallas, Texas) developed the Black Woman’s College RJ Movement to educate college-aged black women on HIV and reproductive justice. Engaged women of color in strategic trainings, voter education, and an advocacy meeting for the Campaign to End AIDS.

Local partner
The Lilith Fund

NIRH currently works with the Lilith Fund as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term proactive abortion policy and culture shift project to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion. In 2017, Lilith Fund, Avow, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, & West Fund continued their coordinated effort to implement a cohesive, multi-city strategy to advance abortion access and build grassroots power on the local level. They expanded their #ReproPowerTX Campaign, which puts forth local proactive policy agendas for reproductive freedom grounded in research and community input, by launching a policy agenda in El Paso and hosted Local Repro Days of Action in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Houston to center the stories of people who have had abortions. Lilith Fund and Avow continued to build on the success of their 2015 NIRH-supported roundtable on abortion access and advocacy with the launch of a comprehensive reproductive rights agenda, #ReproPowerHouston, with an adjoining website at www.ReproPowerTx.org. The website’s launch drew support from local activists and elected officials. These two partners will now work towards passage of one of the policies listed in the agenda. In 2015, the Lilith Fund partnered with Avow to build support among local elected officials, grasstop leaders, and other stakeholders to protect abortion access in Houston. Together, the two organizations hosted a summit for over 40 local elected officials and key stakeholders, with planning guidance and presentations from National Institute staff, to develop culturally competent strategies to protect abortion access in Houston and across the state. The two organizations also developed an online “Know Your Rights” campaign centered around www.needabortion.org, an online resource explaining Texas’s abortion restrictions and how to access abortion in Texas.

Past Partners

Local partner
San Antonio, TX Well Woman Coalition

NIRH partnered with CityMatCH from 2018-2020 to lead the Well Women, Well Communities Project addressing systemic barriers to high-quality preventative care. The San Antonio Well Woman Coalition brought together advocacy organizations and community members to form a community advisory boards (CAB) with the goal of fostering stronger relationships and tailoring health initiatives to residents’ needs and interests. The CAB collaborated to identify one upstream and one downstream barrier to well woman care and then creating and implementing solutions to each. NIRH provided CityMatCH partners with expertise on local policy related to reproductive health, rights, and justice, and in community organizing and engagement in support of the identified initiatives.

Local partner
Waco, TX Well Woman Coalition

NIRH partnered with CityMatCH from 2018-2020 to lead the Well Women, Well Communities Project addressing systemic barriers to high-quality preventative care. The Waco Well Woman Coalition brought together advocacy organizations and community members to form a community advisory boards (CAB) with the goal of fostering stronger relationships and tailoring health initiatives to residents’ needs and interests. The CAB collaborated to identify one upstream and one downstream barrier to well woman care and then creating and implementing solutions to each. NIRH provided CityMatCH partners with expertise on local policy related to reproductive health, rights, and justice, and in community organizing and engagement in support of the identified initiatives.

Local partner
Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region

In 2009, Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region hosted the Austin Leadership Forum on Healthy Teens, bringing together leadership-level staff from local nonprofits, the City of Austin, Travis County, and the Austin Independent School District to examine local teen pregnancy and STI rates. The Forum resulted in the integration of benchmarks measuring teen pregnancy and STI rates into existing community initiatives.