Interested in joining the movement to protect and expand reproductive rights? Or does your nonprofit want to add strategies for policy change to what you’re already doing? AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy initiative can help. Contact us for workshops and trainings and one-on-one technical assistance.
Watch: AFJ’s new video Roe at Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice that documents the assault on reproductive rights through the eyes of abortion providers and activists in Mississippi and Texas. It’s an ideal organizing tool for nonprofits mobilizing support for reproductive justice.
Read: Roe at Risk: How Nonprofits Can Fight Back—An article describing 7 strategies nonprofits around the country are using to defend the rights secured under Roe v. Wade and expand access to affordable reproductive healthcare.
Key Resources for Nonprofits
The following resources will help your nonprofit pursue a variety of avenues to advance your reproductive justice.
With conservatives proposing an unprecedented number of laws in recent years to limit women’s reproductive rights, nonprofits should be pushing back by exercising their legal right to lobby.
- Learn more: Lobbying: How Nonprofits Can Influence Legislation
- Example: Learning to Lobby for Reproductive Justice in California
SUPPORTING OR OPPOSING BALLOT MEASURES
Battles over reproductive rights are increasingly playing out in the ballot measure arena. Check Ballotpedia for an updated list. Nonprofits can and should engage in advocacy to support or oppose ballot measures.
- Learn more: Ballot Measures Toolkit
- Example: How North Dakota Groups Defeated a ‘Religious Freedom’ Ballot Measure
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR EDUCATION AND MOBILIZING
Digital media tools like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook are important vehicles for educating, informing, and mobilizing people on reproductive rights and justice issues.
Nonprofits can legally use social media for advocacy, but should know when social media needs to be counted as lobbying, and how to ensure partisan content does not get attributed to the organization.
- Learn more: Using Social Media for Advocacy
- Example: Inside the ‘This is Personal’ Campaign of the National Women’s Law Center
- Blog: Soy Poderosa: A Campaign for Reproductive Justice
Nonprofits concerned about access to safe, legal, and affordable abortion and other reproductive health issues may want to get involved in elections. Permissible activities include registering voters, educating candidates about issues, hosting candidate debates and forums, and much more.
- Learn more: Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities
- Example: Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri Get Out the Vote
COMMENTING ON CANDIDATES FOR POLITICAL OFFICE
2014 will likely be full of candidates talking about women’s reproductive health – with varying levels of knowledge. Remember the statement in the 2012 election about how women were physically incapable of becoming pregnant during rape? Nonprofits can comment on candidates if they follow these guidelines.
- Learn more: Commenting On Candidates
- Blog: Ways Nonprofits Can Legally Praise and Criticize Legislators
HOLDING JUDGES ACCOUNTABLE
Increasingly, judges act as the gatekeepers to women and girls’ reproductive health. Unless the judge is an elected official, nonprofits can advocate for the selection of judges that will uphold women’s constitutional rights. They can also speak out on the decisions of sitting judges.
- Learn more: Confirmation of Federal Judges and Executive Branch Nominees
- Example: Denouncing a Nebraska Judge’s Decision