Texas Reproductive Rights Rally Activism Directory:
Please Note: Most descriptions and organization mission information is obtained directly from the organization's website
Updated: September 2017
Updated: September 2017
TEXAS REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ACTIVISM
Since AIDS first appeared as an emerging disease, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses, and worldwide, 34 million people are currently infected. For the past 30 years, AIDS Services of Austin has been responding to this evolving epidemic in Central Texas.
The Afiya Center programming is centered around the experiences of black women and are designed to strategically address harmful reproductive health and abortion policies. The Afiya Center (TAC) was established in response to the increasing disparities between HIV incidences worldwide and the extraordinary prevalence of HIV among Black women and girls in Texas. TAC is unique in that it is the only Reproductive Justice (RJ) organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. Our mission is to serve Black women and girls by transforming their relationship with their sexual and reproductive health through addressing the consequences of reproduction oppression.
Annie’s List recruits, trains, supports and elects progressive women who are dedicated to advancing the self-determination, health, safety and financial security of Texas women and their families. Their vision is to achieve equity for women by changing the face of power in Texas.
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Issues for Your Tissues is the definitive discourse on reproductive justice and sexual health & well-being hosted by Katie Vitale every Thursday at 6:00pm CST. Katie podcasts episodes on iTunes or you can subscribe to the Issues for Your Tissues blog to hear past episodes and keep up with the show.You can find more related content on Twitter by searching #IFYT. If you have topics, comments, or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mamas of Color Rising is a collective of working class and poor mothers of color based in and around Austin, TX. We are interested in organizing ourselves and other women/mamas of color around issues with accessing needs like food, housing, education and safety, finding out together what our larger ideal community looks like and building it together.
Mama Sana Vibrant Woman is a community organization that works to facilitate access to culturally appropriate and quality, prenatal and postnatal care for women of color in Austin/TravisCounty.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’ mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every Texan the right to make personal reproductive health decisions and to guarantee access to the full range of options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and accessing legal abortion.
Works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive justice for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society with a focus on the Austin area.
NOW is the oldest and largest women's rights group in the United States. The purpose of NOW Houston is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood. NOW Houston's priority issues are abortion and reproductive rights, economic justice, ending sex discrimination, lesbian rights, promoting diversity and ending racism, and stopping violence against women.
NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. Our official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women.
Works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive justice for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society with a focus on the Williamson County area.
A local organization committed to abolishing prisons and advocating for prisoners' rights. They recognize that the prison-industrial complex is a racist institution, that trans prisoners are especially vulnerable, and that women currently have the highest increase in rate of incarceration. Prisoners are often subject to reproductive rights abuses, and they seek to draw attention to this issue. They believe that all prisoners, regardless of their innocence or guilt, are worthy of dignity and support. They strive to create a community of resistance, support, love and mutual aid across the razor wire as a peaceful non-violent revolutionary act.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas creates healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs, and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice in Texas.
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is a statewide advocacy organization that engages supporters of women’s health to fight to protect and expand women’s access to preventative and reproductive care, including abortion. They work with Texans throughout the state to educate, organize, and demand that women’s health care access is protected.
The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. Their mission is to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change. They envision a just and safe community free from violence and abuse.
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention, and advocacy. In the meantime, we desire to support survivors on their paths to hope, healing, and justice. TAASA is the voice of the sexual assault movement in Texas. We are a unifying force bringing together parties involved in and affected by sexual assault as a catalyst for change.
Holding vigil for reproductive justice since 2017, this organization is dedicated to raising awareness of reproductive justice issues and violence against women in our immediate area by protesting in character as Handmaids. They protest legislation, legislators, and organizations that seek to restrict access to reproductive healthcare, rights to reproductive justice, and rights to bodily autonomy. They use the dramatic red robes and white bonnets of the Handmaids to shine a light on forces that would keep all women from gaining full bodily autonomy. They also seek economic and social parity with cis white men for all women.
NATIONAL REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ACTIVISM
Catholics for Choice (CFC) was founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. CFC has its headquarters in Washington, DC. We work with sister organizations throughout Latin America, and we maintain a presence in the European parliament and throughout Europe, working closely with Catholic and reproductive health colleagues there. CFC is an ECOSOC-accredited NGO in the UN system and has participated in many UN conferences and forums.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.
The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. They envision a world where every reproductive decision, including abortion, takes place in thriving communities that are safe, peaceful, and affordable. They envision a world where all people have the power and resources to care for and affirm their bodies, identities, and health for themselves and their families—in all areas of their lives. As we shift the conversation about abortion, it will become a real option, accessible without shame or judgment.
The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color so that we may secure our human rights, and thus achieve reproductive justice. We fight equally for the right to bear – or not to bear – a child, along with the subsequent and necessary enabling conditions to realize these rights. The Collective has 80+ women of color member organizations and individuals, and hundreds of white women and male allies who support our goal of improving the lives of women of color.
Whole Woman’s Health is a privately-owned, feminist organization committed to providing holistic care for women. We are a group of women’s clinics providing comprehensive gynecology services, including abortion care. It is our philosophy that each woman must be at the center of her own healthcare decisions, and that treating each woman holistically — honoring her head, heart, and body — will better serve women and improve women’s health and happiness in our wider communities.
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Fund Texas Choice (formerly Fund Texas Women) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit non-profit organization that pays for Texans’ travel to abortion clinics. We were formed in response to the passage of Texas House Bill 2, which closed nearly 75% of over 40 Texan clinics in 2013 and 2014. The closures were primarily in rural and low-income areas of the state, necessitating cost-prohibitive, time-wasting, and geographically-difficult travel for groups of us already facing financial obstacles to abortion.
Jane’s Due Process, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001. The organization’s mission is to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. Jane’s Due Process is one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to pregnant teens and is considered a pioneer in delivering legal services to this group. The core of the JDP program is its statewide toll-free legal hotline and lawyer referral service.
A Rio Grande Valley centered Latinx run abortion access fund with a mission to provide practical support to people seeking abortions in the Rio Grande Valley and to Rio Grande Valley residents who travel to other clinics in Texas. La Frontera Fund Advocates for reproductive justice by working to assist people in overcoming financial barriers to obtaining an abortion. They envision a culture in south Texas where anyone who has an abortion does so safely without shame and that Reproductive Justice is employed throughout our communities.
The Lilith Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the right of all Texans to make their own reproductive choices, regardless of income. The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal in every state. Unfortunately, the 1976 Hyde Amendment cut off federal funding for abortion care, creating a dual standard where the “right to choose” exists only for those who can afford it. One in every three women has an abortion, in a country where 12% of women live in poverty. Many low income people now find a safe, legal abortion is beyond their reach and are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term. Their vision is a Texas where all people have the means and opportunity to plan their futures and families with dignity, respect and community support.
The Texas Equal Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice.
The Stigma Relief Fund is an abortion fund serving patients in each of the seven Whole Woman's Health locations (four of which are located in Texas). The fund provides financial support for those who cannot afford to pay the entire cost of an abortion.
The West Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the National Network of Abortion Funds and based in El Paso, Texas, that works to make abortions accessible for all people. We are a small group of volunteers who believe reproductive justice is only possible when all people have the information, ability, and resources to make their own healthcare decisions. Through education, community building, and gap funding, we hope to empower west Texans, helping them achieve their decisions and access the healthcare they deserve.