Winston-Salem, NC (Sept. 15, 2022) – In response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has awarded a total of $180,000 to six organizations in North Carolina that support advocacy, organizing, awareness, coordination and legal and practical support related to reproductive health, rights and justice, and family well-being.
The six grants awarded include $30,000 each to:
- Carolina Abortion Fund
- El Pueblo, Inc.
- Equality NC Foundation
- MomsRising Education Fund
- NARAL ProChoice NC Foundation
Following the United States Supreme Court ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case in June 2022, abortion is still legal in North Carolina and clinics are open and providing care to patients. However, in August 2022, a federal judge ruled that North Carolina’s general ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be enforced. Further legislative proposals are expected. In the meantime, states around North Carolina have seen six-week bans go into effect and North Carolina is experiencing a surge of patients traveling to the state to seek care.
“Given the Foundation’s decades-long history of supporting organizations that focus on reproductive health, rights and justice, these rapid response grants are a recognition of how critical it is to continue pushing back on efforts to strip North Carolinians of their rights to choose what is best for them and their families, and to live healthy, thriving lives,” said Maurice “Mo” Green, executive director.
In making these awards, the Foundation prioritized smaller organizations with more limited fundraising capacity and access to resources. Additionally, the Foundation focused on some of the organizations that elevate the voices of those disproportionately impacted by lack of access to reproductive health care.