NCJW’s Reproductive Justice Initiative

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In collaboration with In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; All* Above All; and the National Institute for Reproductive Health, NCJW is proud to present this new toolkit guiding advocates through the process of advancing reproductive rights, health, and justice with local resolutions. This is just a small piece of the full toolkit, which is coming soon. For now, check it out and share with your fellow advocates. If you’re interested in learning more, e-mail In Our Own Voice Deputy Director Michelle Batchelor at or NCJW Grassroots Associate Carly Manes at

The Basics: NCJW and Reproductive Justice
What is the reproductive justice framework and why did NCJW adopt it?

Jewish Values and Reproductive Justice
How do our Jewish values propel us to advance reproductive justice?

NCJW’s Reproductive Justice Initiative

We Work as Allies: NCJW works in solidarity with those most impacted by reproductive injustice — including women of color, women with low incomes, LGBTQ individuals, immigrant women, young women, and women with disabilities —  to achieve human rights for all.

We Organize: With over 90,000 members and supporters across the country spanning over 65 sections, NCJW advocates use community organizing strategies to mobilize locally, statewide, and nationally to strengthen our communities and keep our lawmakers accountable.

We Raise Awareness: From educating ourselves about the reproductive justice framework to raising awareness in our communities about pressing reproductive justice issues, NCJW believes that social change begins with a change in consciousness.

We Advocate: NCJW works to promote local, state, and federal policy that advances reproductive justice, with a focus on abortion access, contraception access and information, and health equity. NCJW also raises awareness about how the courts impact a range of reproductive justice issues.

We welcome your feedback! To share comments, tell us about your efforts, or ask a question, contact Carly Manes, NCJW Grassroots Associate,

The public policy issues that were the focus of NCJW’s past grassroots initiatives, Plan A: NCJW’s Campaign for Contraceptive Access and Voices for Reproductive Choice, are now a part of the reproductive justice initiative. To access past resources, visit Plan A and Voices for Reproductive Choices.

Issue Focus: Abortion Access


EACH Woman Act
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act — HR 2972 — would lift bans that deny abortion coverage to individuals enrolled in federal plans or program. It would also prohibit political interference with decisions of private health insurance companies to offer coverage for abortion care.

Women’s Health Protection Act
The Women’s Health Protection Act — S 217/HR 448 — would prohibit states from imposing restrictions on abortion that apply to no similar medical care, interfere with patient’s personal decision making, and block access to safe, legal abortion care, effectively prohibiting state and federal politicians from imposing a range of dangerous anti-choice provisions.

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Further Resources

Issue Focus: Healthcare Equity

HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act
The Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act would help eliminate legal barriers to accessible and affordable health care services and coverage based solely on immigration status.

Health Equity and Accountability Act
The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) would help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, building on the expanded access provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, put quality, affordable health coverage within reach of more individuals and families by expanding Medicaid and creating the health insurance marketplace.Removing barriers to critical health services for women; people of color; young people; families struggling to make ends meet; and others, the ACA set a strong foundation for health equity.

King v. Burwell
At stake in the US Supreme Court case King v. Burwell were the tax credits made available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help eligible individuals afford the purchase of quality coverage in the health insurance marketplace. The tax credits are critical to millions of people in our communities who are struggling to make ends meet. Without the ACA’s tax credits, between eight and ten million individuals, including a majority of women, and an additional five million children, stood to lose access to health care. In June 2015, the US Supreme Court upheld the tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), marking a victory in victory in the decades-long struggle to ensure that all individuals and families in America have quality affordable health care.

Further Resources

  • NCJW public comments on the proposed rule for nondiscrimination in health programs and activities at the Department of Health and Human Services

Issue Focus: Contraception Access

Zubik v. Burwell
At stake in the most recent US Supreme Court case regarding contraception access was whether religious nonprofits could deny birth control access to their employees on the basis of a religious objection. The court did not rule outright in the case, but instead ordered lower courts to reexamine the challenges and told the parties to attempt a compromise.

Further Resources

Reproductive Justice Is…
An NCJW Discussion Guide
How is reproductive justice connected to economic justice? Or LGBTQ equality? Or racial justice? Use these articles and ready-made discussion guides to delve deeper into the reproductive justice framework.

Trapped: Film Screening & Discussion Guide
From 2011 to 2013, more than 300 laws meant to impede and regulate abortion providers moved through state legislatures. Southern abortion clinics were hit hardest. Trapped, a film by Dawn Porter, interviews doctors, patients, and nurses from the few remaining abortion clinics of Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama, and follows the legal battle they fought that reached the United States Supreme Court. Screen this film and use NCJW’s discussion guide to educate your community and continue the conversation about abortion access.

No Más Bebés: Film Screening & Discussion Guide
This film, directed by Renee Tajima-Peña, tells the story of immigrant mothers who were pushed into sterilization while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid Chicana lawyer and aided by a young, Jewish whistle-blowing doctor, these mothers sued county doctors, the state of California, and the US government to demand redress for this violation of their bodily autonomy. Screen this film and use NCJW’s discussion guide to educate your community about this unconscionable form of reproductive oppression and what it means for our work to advance reproductive justice.

NCJW’s Reproductive Justice Program Bank catalogues the work that NCJW sections and leaders are doing to advance reproductive justice in their communities. Please use this resource to gather ideas and connect with other members!

To add your efforts to this resource, please fill out this form.

Advocacy & Press Resources

The NCJW Reproductive Justice Initiative is made possible in part by the generous contributions of the Founders and Friends of the NCJW Center for Social Change, who each give an annual gift of $10,000 or above in support of NCJW’s critical social change efforts. For information on becoming a supporter, please contact Samantha Pohl, NCJW Associate Director of Development, at (212) 870 2747 or

NCJW thanks the following organizations for their collaboration and support in the development of key initiative resources: SisterSong: The Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Law Students for Reproductive Justice; URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity; Reproductive Health Technologies Project; and the Repeal Hyde Art Project.