6 Fearless Fighters For Reproductive Justice
The pro-choice movement has evolved and changed over the years as opponents look for new ways to roll back abortion rights or render them meaningless with nonsensical regulations. Thankfully, there are many organizations working to ensure women have access to proper reproductive health care. In no particular order, here are some nonprofits working to support women's bodily autonomy.
The #1 entry is Reproaction, an organization that aims to increase access to abortion and other health services. Based in Arlington, Virginia, it leads discussions with lawmakers and abortion opponents, organizes marches, and plans petitions and campaigns to support reproductive justice.
The organization produces a number of resources for activists, including fact sheets, shareable graphics, and webinars like "Alternatives to Calling the Police" and "Transgender Advocacy in Missouri." Reproaction's initiatives have been featured in several media outlets such as the Columbia Missourian and Prism.
Coming in at #2 is the Yellowhammer Fund, a reproductive justice organization serving Alabama and the Deep South. Its work is informed by its vision for society: one in which reproductive decisions can be made free from coercion, shame, or state interference, and where individuals and communities have autonomy in making healthy choices regarding their bodies and their futures.
The group's areas of work include community education and empowerment, policy advocacy, and mutual aid systems that ensure individuals are supported and have the things they need to thrive. It also offers funding for abortion services, travel needs, food, lodging, and other expenses that often hinder a person's ability to access reproductive healthcare.
At #3, we have the Center for Reproductive Rights. This organization strives to use the power of law to advance women's healthcare around the world. Its attorneys have brought cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies in order to expand access to unbiased information and services like birth control, safe abortion, and prenatal and obstetric care.
Outside of the courtroom, it has tried to influence the law by documenting abuses, working with policymakers to promote progressive measures, and fostering legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights. The group has offices worldwide in major cities such as New York, Bogota, and Geneva.
Next up, at #4, we present the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. This broad-based, national, interfaith movement aims to bring the moral force of religion to protect women's health and rights through education, prophetic witness, pastoral presence, and advocacy.
Based in Washington, D.C., it shares its beliefs through activism at the federal and state levels. In its congregations and communities, clergy preach sermons, pray with women making reproductive decisions, provide education about sex and sexuality to young people, and welcome those who identify as LGBTQ into religious life.
The #5 entry is Jane’s Due Process, based in Austin, Texas. This organization helps young people in the Lone Star state navigate parental consent laws on abortion and birth control. It provides free legal support, one-on-one case management, and stigma-free information on sexual and reproductive health.
The organization has hotlines accessible via phone or text message for teens to get information on birth control and family planning services without parental involvement. Jane's Due Process hosts events throughout the year, such as social mixers and sex education advocacy workshops.
Last but not least, at #6, we have the San Francisco-based Groundswell Fund, which financially supports over 150 reproductive and social justice organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Some of these include the National Network of Abortion Funds and ACT for Women and Girls.
In addition to grants, Groundswell supports these nonprofits by helping them learn vital grassroots organizing skills, better financial management, and fundraising, including building out a donor base and instituting earned-income models. While Groundswell was initially founded to bolster reproductive justice groups, it has expanded to fund intersectional organizing work that focuses on issues like immigrant rights or criminal justice reform.