5 Orgs that Support Women's Access to Reproductive Healthcare in Arizona
by Taylor Bishop & Caitlin King Khoury
With reproductive rights currently under threat across the country, we wanted to show some love to the organizations that are working to protect a woman's right to choose.
We’ve included below the current abortion laws in Arizona as of June 1, 2022, according to Planned Parenthood:
“Abortion will still be legal in Arizona after July 23, 2022, but there may be new restrictions on it because of a new law that may go into effect on that day. If the law goes into effect, it will mean that abortion is banned after 14 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy in Arizona.”
And, this article from The Guttmacher Institute on “How Philanthropy Can Protect Access to Abortion in a Post-'Roe v. Wade’ World” is a great resource for understanding why your voice and support are more important than ever right now.
In this roundup, we’ll share how 5 organizations are advancing reproductive rights and how you can support them.
“Advocates have until July 7 to gather 356,467 signatures.” This means we need to get to work!
Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom believe that every person should be able to make their own decisions about their healthcare, and is working to give Arizona citizens a voice and a vote this November with a ballot initiative to amend our state constitution to protect our rights.
Beyond providing abortion services, Planned Parenthood also provides a myriad of services including birth control education and supplies; emergency contraception (AKA the morning after pill); pregnancy testing and counseling; STD testing, and testing and treatments for urinary tract infections.
There are currently only nine abortion-providing facilities in Arizona, and six of those are located in Maricopa County, according to Pro-Choice Arizona.
This is a great movement to follow on social media to stay in the know on their efforts. Currently, they’re looking to reach people across Arizona who can speak to the quality and accessibility of reproductive healthcare in their region.
What reproductive healthcare needs are lacking in your community? Let them know, and share the survey with your network.
Pro-Choice Arizona is also the creator of the Abortion Fund of Arizona, a direct service program aiding pregnant individuals with financial assistance for their procedure and abortion care expenses.
The Desert Star Institute for Family Planning (DSIFP) is a nonprofit whose mission is to create equitable access to reproductive health care for womb-bearing people while centering Black and Indigenous people of color.
Based in Arizona, DSIFP provides abortion training to medical students from across the country. They also offer community education as well as an IUD access program for uninsured Arizonans.
Recently, their Founder and President, Dr. DeShawn Taylor, participated in an NBC 12 News discussion (pictured) about the leaked Roe v. Wade opinion, adding accurate medical information to the abortion debate. We need more medically-trained advocates like Dr. Taylor -- thank goodness DSIFP is training doctors every day.
Fun fact: The Think BIG team helped start the Phoenix Collective Giving Circle (PCGC) - a group comprised of 15 Arizonans who are inspired to create positive change in our community. PCGC selected DSIFP as the recipient of our first grant of 2022 of more than $3,000 in pooled funds.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is committed to fighting in courts and legislatures to defend every single person’s ability to access abortion care as guaranteed by our constitution.
"The ACLU works to ensure that every person can make the best decision for themselves and their family about whether and when to have a child without undue political interference."
Their website is helpful to learn about relevant cases they are focused on and key actions to take to influence legislators.
We’ll continue to advocate for reproductive rights, and hope our community can share more opportunities to help in the comments!