National Institute for Reproductive Health
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The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) works at the state and local level in New York and across the U.S. to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care through bold advocacy, creative education campaigns, and high-impact partnerships.

More Than 30 States Sought to Advance Reproductive Health and Rights in 2014

Legislators in nearly two-thirds of all states considered and/or enacted policies in 2014 intended to increase women’s access to sexual and reproductive health care and protect their right to make their own reproductive decisions. Read the National Institute's year-end report, Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States, and its accompanying press release.

National Institute Multi-State Polling Shows Voters Connect Abortion Access to Women's Equality and Financial Stability

National Institute for Reproductive Health polling reveals that many voters link abortion access to women’s financial stability and equality, and they overwhelmingly support women’s legislative agendas that include policies to protect abortion access. Voters also say they are more likely to vote for elected officials who support such policies – and less likely to vote for elected officials who want to restrict abortion access.
Read our
research memo and press release.

Check out our new video on the work the National Institute for Reproductive Health - and sister organization NARAL Pro-Choice New York - is doing across the country to advance and promote reproductive rights. We premiered this video at our 2014 Champions of Choice awards luncheon.

Supreme Court Decision in McCullen ‘Disappointing,’ Reinforces Need for Local Strategies to Ensure Patient Safety

Statement from Andrea Miller, President, the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York
June 26, 2014

“For the majority of New Yorkers – and Americans – who support the right to safe and legal abortion, the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCullen v. Coakley striking down the Massachusetts buffer zone is disappointing. However, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health are encouraged that the highest court continues to recognize the government’s significant interest in protecting access to safe and legal abortion care.

Read our full press release here.

Champions of Choice

Our annual Champions of Choice awards luncheon took place on Wednesday, April 30th in New York City. where we honored Barbara Shack, and Cosmopolitan Magazine & Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles. For more details about this event - including bios for this year's honorees and video - please visit our Champions of Choice website.

Urban Initiative and
Strengthen Our States Initiative
2014 Grantees

January 31st, 2014

The National Institute is proud to announce its Urban Initiative and the Strengthen Our States Initiative 2014 grantees. The Urban Initiative will support organizational capacity-building and reproductive justice initiatives while the Strengthen Our States Initiative will work with partners in the states to develop proactive policy agendas to protect and expand abortion access, limit the harm of new abortion restrictions, and leverage current battles to strengthen & broaden support for abortion access.

You can lean more about the UI grantees here, and the SOSI grantees here.