The Reproductive Health & Justice (RH&J) program is dedicated to improving access to contraception and abortion care. The RH&J program supports innovative projects with national impact, and state specific initiatives in the Midwest and Southeast. Partners tackle challenges from base-building to blocking anti-abortion laws in court to helping women obtain an abortion care when a clinic is too far away. Here, you can learn about the different projects taking place, and the organizations making reproductive freedom a reality for all people.

Momentum for Change

We support litigation, policy reform, and movement-building in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida with the goal of shifting the landscape in these states to ensure availability of reproductive health services.

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Access for All

We support efforts in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee to build infrastructure to support increased access to reproductive health services.

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Appalachia Initiative

We support litigation, communications, work with health care providers, and support for abortion funds in the Appalachian region to improve access to abortion and contraception.

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Emerging and Innovative Work

We support organizations spearheading work in cybersecurity, corporate accountability, abortion clinics, abortion coverage bans, and legal defense for self-induced abortion.

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Why did EFA make these investments?

For decades, EFA has been committed to abortion rights and contraceptive access. In 2009, EFA focused that commitment and created the Sustainable Population Committee. In 2013, recognizing that its grantmaking from 2009 onwards had not focused on population matters per se, the Committee renamed itself the Reproductive Health & Justice Committee to more accurately capture its vision: a commitment to contraception and abortion access for all, as early investors willing to support organizations that are innovative, collaborative and courageous for reproductive health, rights, and justice.

In 2014, the Committee saw the need for more diverse strategies, a greater investment in certain states, and a need for regional collaboration. Since 2010, state legislatures have enacted a record number of abortion restrictions to impede a woman’s access to safe and timely abortion care. Few states were equipped to fight back; especially states that lacked philanthropic investment. Many of these are Midwestern and Southern states.

Within these states, our national and state-based partners work to change the political landscape while protecting individual rights. They know that lack of participation in the democratic process – due to voter apathy or voter suppression - laid the groundwork for anti-abortion legislators to enact restrictions that do not reflect the actual sensibilities of the state. While working on broad reforms and civic engagement, they also litigate against these anti-abortion laws.

Communications and direct services are also powerful strategies for change. Our partners ensure that abortion and contraception is available to every woman. They launch campaigns to ensure women have access to the complete range of contraceptive methods. They help women cover the cost of abortion when denied by Medicaid, help minors navigate anti-abortion laws and protect and train abortion providers. They educate state residents about the impact of extreme anti-abortion laws and elevate challenges and opportunities to national audiences.