Ranked Nonprofits: National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice 2013

Marching with over a million women in support of our reproductive rights was one of the most empowering things I have done, both as a woman and as a Member of Congress. - Sheila Jackson Lee
Marching with over a million women in support of our reproductive rights was one of the most empowering things I have done, both as a woman and as a Member of Congress. - Sheila Jackson Lee

The Cause: 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.

The Scope: National reproductive health, rights, and justice experts were asked to recommend nonprofits that are women’s health service providers and provide clinical care (focused on prevention, cancer screenings, contraception, abortion, gynecology, fertility, 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. Read more about the scope of our research here: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/2013/05/08/launching-research-national-reproductive-health-rights-justice/

134 National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice experts recommended the following 25 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2013 Guttmacher Institute
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.
2 Medal-small-2013 Center for Reproductive Rights
The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
3 Medal-small-2013 Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individuals income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individuals right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.
4 Medal-small-2013 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The mission of the American Ciliv Liberties Union (ACLU) is to to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
5 Medal-small-2013 National Abortion Federation
The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women
6 Medal-small-2013 RH Reality Check
RH Reality Check is a daily publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues.
7 Medal-small-2013 National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
NLIRH works to ensure the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas.
8 Medal-small-2013 National Network of Abortion Funds
The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that all women and girls can get the abortions they seek.
9 Medal-small-2013 Reproductive Health Technologies Project
The mission of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project is to advance the ability of every woman of any age to achieve full reproductive freedom with access to the safest, most effective, appropriate and acceptable technologies for ensuring her own health and controlling her fertility. To fulfill this mission, we seek to build consensus in support of an education, research and advocacy agenda for reproductive health and reproductive freedom. We seek consensus through a process of dialogue among diverse communities about technological developments and their global implications.
10 Medal-small-2013 Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
For 20 years, Medical Students for Choice has fought to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a standard part of medical education and residency training through providing direct opportunities for family planning education and empowering physicians in training to take control of their education.
11 Medal-small-2013 National Womens Law Center
The Center has worked for 40 years to expand, protect, and promote opportunity and advancement for women and girls at every stage of their lives—from education to employment to retirement security, and everything in between.
12 Medal-small-2013 Ibis Reproductive Health
Ibis Reproductive Health focuses on health issues in areas that others do not. The following issues are among priorities: reproductive health for women in the military and over the counter therapies. With their research and policy staff, they advocate for healthcare reform, access to emergency contraceptives and telemedicine. Being involved in collaborative programs, they ceaselessly contribute to the public discussions on the above issues.
13 Medal-small-2013 Ipas
Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.
14 Medal-small-2013 Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
15 Medal-small-2013 Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
Law Students for Reproductive Justice trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.
16 Medal-small-2013 National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. 
17 Medal-small-2013 University of California, San Francisco
UC San Francisco advances health worldwide through innovative health sciences education, discovery and patient care.
18 Medal-small-2013 Sister Song
The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights. SisterSong educates women of color on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and works towards the access of health services, information and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate through the integration of the disciplines of community organizing, Self-Help and human rights education.
19 Medal-small-2013 National Womens Health Network
The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.
20 Medal-small-2013 NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundations mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a womans freedom to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices through education, training, organizing, legal action, and public policy.
21 Medal-small-2013 Forward Together
Forward Together is a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. Our mission is to ensure that women, youth and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential.  By developing strong leaders, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns, we are making our mission a reality.
22 Medal-small-2013 Choice USA
Choice USA envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships and the power, knowledge and tools to exercise that agency. Choice USA builds this vision by engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing training, field mobilization and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda.
23 Medal-small-2013 Reproductive Health Access Project
The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) seeks to ensure that women and teens at every socioeconomic level can readily obtain birth control and abortion from their own primary care clinician. Through training, advocacy and mentoring programs, RHAP helps family physicians and other clinicians make birth control and abortion a part of routine medical care.
24 Medal-small-2013 National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. We support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors.

If we are successful, child and family well-being will improve. There will be less poverty, more opportunities for young men and women to complete their education or achieve other life goals, fewer abortions, and a stronger nation.

25 Medal-small-2013 Provide
Provide is committed to access to safe abortion for all women in the U.S.  We believe that by being clearly focused on abortion within the context of our broader values we will make a significant contribution to women’s health and autonomy.

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