Our organizations

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a membership organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care through continuing medical education, practice, and research. The College’s Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Program works to reduce unintended pregnancy in the US by providing information and guidance on the most effective reversible contraceptive methods, the contraceptive implant and intrauterine devices (IUDs), and by increasing access to the full range of contraceptive methods.

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) represents the broad spectrum of family planning administrators and clinicians predominantly serving the nation’s low-income and uninsured. NFPRHA serves its members by providing advocacy, education, and training to those in the family planning and sexual health care fields. For more than 40 years, NFPRHA members have shared a commitment to providing high-quality, federally funded family planning care – making them a critical component of the nation’s public health safety net.

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. Founded in 1969, NHeLP advocates, educates, and litigates at the federal and state levels to defend the nation’s health care safety net and improve access to affordable comprehensive health care, including reproductive health care. 

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand the possibilities for women and girls by working to remove barriers based on gender, open opportunities, and help women and their families lead economically secure, healthy, and fulfilled lives— especially low-income women and their families. 

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health works to ensure that women, men, and adolescents have the power to manage their health, including access to safe and effective birth control, abortion, childbirth, and prevention and care for sexually transmitted infections. UCSF’s rigorous research generates evidence that is translated into better health policies and clinical care. 

The authors would like to thank Alice Berger, RN, MPH, Vice President of Health Care Planning at Planned Parenthood of New York City, and Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM, for their assistance with the review of this guide.