The Lilith Fund is an abortion fund, meaning it helps people pay for abortion care when they cannot afford it.
NIRH has worked with the Lilith Fund for many years on advocacy efforts at the state level in Texas and in localities across the state.
In 2015, NIRH partnered with the Lilith Fund and 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.
Lilith and Avow then launched 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.
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.
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.