For years, various reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations have been working to ensure that women have the right to be in control of their physical, mental, and social well-being (as defined by the United Nations). Many supporters of this cause believe that women have a right to safe methods of family planning such as abortion services, emergency contraception, and fertility clinics. They believe that reproductive health is an element of one's general health, which is a fundamental human right for all. However, it is important to note that reproductive health has always been a controversial topic in the US.
Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, government officials, etc.) identified 19 top women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice nonprofits (out of 192 total reviewed nonprofits) working at the national level. We asked experts to recommend nonprofits that are service providers and provide clinical care (focused on prevention, cancer screenings, contraception, abortion, etc.), as well as advocacy and policy organizations. The nonprofits could focus on sexual health with a particular look at LGBTQ health concerns. Around reproductive rights, the nonprofits might include research, advocacy, litigation, and policy groups. And around reproductive justice, the nonprofits might include empowering the formerly powerless or individuals without a majority voice in this sector, such as younger women, women of color, and so on.
We felt women’s health is an important sub-sector within the broader health field and wanted to learn more about which nonprofits were doing the most and best work to address women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice at the national level. Therefore, Philanthropedia surveyed 192 national women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice experts (with an average of 18 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest impact in the field.
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