Two Years in the #Fight4HER

Just over two years ago, we launched our #Fight4HER campaign to push back against attacks on reproductive health and rights under the Trump administration.

Our grassroots volunteers across the country have maintained their unwavering activism while collecting over 25,000 petitions to repeal Trump’s Global Gag Rule, activating hundreds of volunteers in communities across the country, and hosting hundreds of events to show Trump and his cronies that we will not stand by as they undermine access to reproductive health care worldwide.

As we continue the fight in 2019, we reflect on all of the progress we’ve made in the #Fight4HER so far.

#Fight4HER activists march on International Women’s Day 2017 at Ohio State University

2017

  • We launched our campaign in six states (Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), hiring organizers and hosting silent demonstrations, photo petitions, press conferences, teach-ins, and petition drops to protest Trump’s deadly Global Gag Rule.
  • We hosted Capitol Hill Days 2017, drawing 333 activists from 34 states across the country to Washington, DC, for a weekend of advocacy training and meetings with their members of Congress.
  • We joined the Protect Our Care coalition to push back against attempts by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • We attended the “Let’s Talk About Sex” conference, hosted by SisterSong in New Orleans, where we learned how to be better allies to the reproductive justice movement. Our field staff also presented a workshop at the conference on how activists can effectively #Fight4HER.
  • On International Safe Abortion Day, we were joined by Population Institute, Reproaction, Advocates for Youth, and Physicians for Reproductive Health for a protest outside of the White House to “Make Some Noise for Safe Abortion Access.”
  • After gaining momentum, we expanded our campaign into Nevada and Wisconsin, where two new organizers joined our ranks.
  • We traveled around seven states with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) Director of Clinical Services Amos Simpano, FHOK Kibera Clinic Director Melvine Ouyo, and human rights activist Lisa Shannon to share stories about the catastrophic effects of the Global Gag Rule in Kenya with our grassroots supporters.

2018

  • On the anniversary of Trump imposing his expanded Global Gag Rule, we staged a visual protest — a light projection of snarky messages on the Trump International Hotel in DC — garnering national media attention. We also sent out mobile billboards in Nevada and Wisconsin to shame Trump and then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for their disregard for women’s health and lives.
  • We hosted our largest Capitol Hill Days ever in 2018, with nearly 350 participants from 25 states and 169 congressional districts.
  • We launched our Summer of HER project in our eight campaign states, collecting nearly 8,000 petitions, engaging 52 fellows, recruiting 121 volunteers, and receiving 105 #Fight4HER campaign endorsements from community leaders, businesses, and coalition partners.
  • We hosted Summer of HER summits in all eight #Fight4HER campaign states, engaging a total of 424 participants — among them Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2), David Price (NC-4), and Susan Wild (PA-7). In addition, we engaged various state representatives, including New Hampshire State Rep. Latha Mangipudi, Arizona State Rep. Athena Salman, Colorado State Rep. Leslie Herod, and Ohio State Rep. Kristin Boggs.
  • We hired organizers in Tucson, Arizona, and Charlotte, North Carolina, adding to the outreach we had already been doing in Phoenix and Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill).
  • We pushed back against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, rallying in DC and key states and urging senators to reject his nomination.

The House now has a majority supportive of family planning and reproductive health programs. On its very first day, the House passed a government funding bill that included provisions repealing the Global Gag Rule and restoring aid to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Rep. Nita Lowey and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen are expected to reintroduce the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act in early February.

Over the past two years, we’ve made enormous progress, with thousands of people standing up and speaking out for the right of every person in the world to have access to comprehensive reproductive health care and family planning services. Join us as we continue the battle for Health, Empowerment, and Rights.

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