One Hundred Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Organizations Lay Out First-Of-Its-Kind Joint Vision for Proactive Policy Change

WASHINGTON — Today, 100 organizations spanning reproductive health, rights, and justice, movements outlined a bold, proactive vision for lawmakers to deliver on sexual and reproductive health. On Election Day, people around the country made it clear that they want leaders who protect sexual and reproductive health and rights; soon, pro-reproductive health majorities will be taking shape in the House of Representatives, governor’s houses, and state legislatures.

The organizations outlined a coordinated policy vision of bold action, for the present and future, on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The vision statement is phase one of an unprecedented,  collective effort to work towards policy change in service of our shared vision. A complete policy agenda, with legislative and administrative recommendations, will be released publicly in spring  2019. Groups will continue to meet over the next few months to develop policy recommendations for key areas, including:

  • Health care access and coverage
  • Abortion access and rights
  • Youth health and rights and sex education
  • Healthy pregnancies
  • Health care refusals
  • Judicial nominations
  • Clinic security
  • Immigrants’ access to healthcare
  • Supporting access to providers
  • Sexual and reproductive health in delivery system reform
  • Research and development
  • Global reproductive health


Quote from “A Call For Change: Putting People’s Health and Rights First”:

“All people should have access to affordable, quality health care and as a part of that, access to health care providers that meet their needs, including their sexual and reproductive health needs. In the past two decades, we have made significant progress in improving health access through policies rooted in that principle, like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 countries, including the United States. As attacks on that progress continue, lawmakers must not only defend those gains but urgently push for policies that are designed to ensure equitable access to health.”


“The success of pro-reproductive health candidates was powered by women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and young people: those who have endured a disproportionate share of the attacks on people’s health and rights. These election results send a clear message: We expect politicians to listen to us, and fight to protect and expand access to sexual and reproductive health care.”


The following groups signed on to the effort:



Abortion Care Network

Access Reproductive Care-Southeast


ACCESS Women’s Health Justice

Advocates for Youth

AIDS Alliance

for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families

AIDS United


All* Above All

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Atheists

American Civil Liberties Union

American Jewish World Service

American Sexual Health Association

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Black Women for Wellness

Black Women’s

Health Imperative

California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom

Catholics for Choice

Center for Health & Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)

Community Catalyst

Feminist Majority

Feminist Women’s Health Center

Fund Texas Choice

Gender Justice

Guttmacher Institute

Healthy and Free Tennessee

Healthy Teen Network

Ibis Reproductive Health

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

International Women’s Health Coalition


Iris House, Inc.

Legal Voice

Lift Louisiana

NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice California

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota

NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia

National Abortion Federation

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Council of Jewish Women

National Health Law Program

National Institute for Reproductive Health

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Network of Abortion Funds

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Women’s Health Network

National Women’s Law Center

New Voices for Reproductive Justice

Northland Family Planning Centers

Not Without Black Women

Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice


Physicians for Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Population Connection Action Fund

Population Institute

Power to Decide


Raising Women’s Voices


Reproductive Health Access Project

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

SIA Legal Team

Sierra Club

Sister Reach

SisterLove, Inc.

SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Social Workers for Reproductive Justice

Southwest Women’s Law Center

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, Inc.

State Innovation Exchange (SiX)


Texas Equal Access Fund

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health

Transgender Law Center

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

UU Women’s Federation



Whole Woman’s Health

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance

Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health

Women’s Rights Empowerment Network (WREN)

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Yellowhammer Fund


For immediate release: Thursday, November 15, 2018                                                   

Contact: Emily Bridges, Director of Communications, emily@advocatesforyouth.org