Meeting Today’s Needs While Changing Tomorrow’s Laws

Organizing for Reproductive and Birth Justice

Eighty community-rooted reproductive and birth justice organizations take stock of the wins, challenges, and lessons learned from their work during 2021.

Summary of Findings

The Reproductive and Birth Justice Movements work intersectionally to secure changes that ensure that all people can choose whether or not to have children, and raise their families in safe and healthy environments.

As part of Groundswell Fund’s 2021 RJ Impact evaluation process, eighty organizations shared stories and data from their work.

Top findings from this report show that the organizations participating in this evaluation pivoted to meet the immediate needs of communities in crisis while organizing to change systems, policies, and laws in 2021. 

Yet there remains untapped potential in the movement. There are immediate and unfunded opportunities to deepen impact and make this work more sustainable for years to come.

Impact by the numbers


People were mobilized for organizing campaigns and advocacy efforts


People who received direct aid or care or participated in mutual aid in 2021


Policies or laws mobilized around during 2021, including 193 “wins” (pro-reproductive laws or policies that passed/ harmful laws or policies blocked)


Participating organizations that named their organizing would be more powerful with increased resources