Ms. Foundation for Women Renews Commitment to Women’s Reproductive Health

New York, NY (July 8, 2016) — Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announces its continued support of twenty one organizations working to build communities where all women – regardless of their background – have the resources and rights they need to make reproductive health decisions that are right for themselves and their families. The Ms. Foundation takes a comprehensive approach to reproductive justice, educating women on their options and fighting to preserve access so that they have the ability to exercise those options. Each grant is also coupled with hands-on capacity building, and communications and advocacy support for the grantee organization and leadership.

“Increasing awareness and expanding access, particularly in low income communities and in communities of color, are essential components in the fight for reproductive justice,” said Ellen Liu, Director of Women’s Health. “The evidence is clear – the wellbeing of women, their families, and their communities is directly linked to their ability to govern their own reproductive health. The twenty one organizations we’re supporting are on the ground working every day to support that goal for women across the country.”

“This term, U.S. Supreme Court made a powerful statement about the fundamental right of women to control their own bodies. But progress in the courts is not enough – we must continue to fight to tear down the many barriers to safe, affordable, and accessible reproductive healthcare for every woman in this country,” said Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. “That’s why the Ms. Foundation for Women will continue to invest in women and women-led organizations who are working in communities to ensure access for all women, regardless of their ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, and age.”

A total of $5.2 million has been granted since 2010 within the reproductive justice portfolio to a range of national and grassroots, state-based organizations to fund their work to improve equity in access to reproductive health care, efforts to pass and implement health care reform, and capacity building.

2016 grantees include:

ACT for Women and Girls– Visalia, CA

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice– Los Angeles, CA

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights– Denver, CO

El Pueblo– Raleigh, NC

Kentucky Health Justice Network– Louisville, KY

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum– Brooklyn, NY

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health– New York, NY

Native American Community Board– Lake Andes, SD

Northwest Health Law Advocates– Seattle, WA

Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health– Portland, OR

Planned Parenthood Southeast– Atlanta, GA

Planned Parenthood Public Policy Network of Washington– Seattle, WA

Pro-Choice Resources– Minneapolis, MN

Raising Women’s Voices – New York– New York, NY

Reproductive Justice Collective– Milwaukee, WI

SisterSong– Atlanta, GA

SisterReach– Memphis, TN

SPARK Reproductive Justice Now– Atlanta, GA

URGE: United for Reproductive and Gender Equity– Washington D.C.

West Virginia FREE– Charleston, WV

Young Women United– Albuquerque, NM

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For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in trailblazing organizations nationwide.