Trust Women | Reproductive Rights | Wichita, Kansas
Trust Women is proud of the work it does to help ensure women have access to and control over their reproductive rights.
Here are some year-by-year highlights of Trust Women’s accomplishments in the field of reproductive rights.
We opened our second Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in Oklahoma City, expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care.
Our founder and CEO, Julie A. Burkhart, spoke at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.
We received substantial media coverage from outlets that included Bloomberg, Marie Claire, the BBC, The Los Angeles Times and Radio Canada.
We brought David S. Cohen, the co-author of “Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism” to Wichita.
We co-sponsored a Repro Rally in Old Town Square in Wichita to raise awareness for reproductive rights.
We invited supporters to our Wichita clinic for a #ShowSomeMercy Celebration.
We lobbied against anti-choice legislation, including a ban on the most common abortion procedure.
We brought actress and pro-choice advocate Kathy Najimy to Wichita for our Fourth Annual Gala.
We knocked on more than 28,000 doors as part of our second canvassing effort.
We presented and participated in several events to bring awareness to domestic and intimate partner violence, including speaking at a symposium at Wichita State University titled “Peace in the Home.”
Presented on several panels and co-sponsored the Take Root: Red States Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference.
Our Wichita clinic marked its first anniversary, seeing 1,500 patients in its first year of offering full-spectrum reproductive health care.
We successfully booked the “abortion rom-com” Obvious Child to play in Wichita. The distributor had been on the fence about a smaller market, but we wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.
Trust Women received a grant from the Brush Foundation for Trust Women’s efforts to expand access to reproductive health care in the Midwest and South.
Trust Women hosted an online memorial in remembrance of the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.
Trust Women and South Wind Women’s Center were featured in a four-part documentary on MSNBC on the first anniversary of South Wind Women’s Center’s opening.
We launched our first door-to-door canvass program to identify people who “trust women to make private medical decisions, including abortion.”
We identified more than 6,000 new supporters of reproductive rights in the Wichita area.
This is the first program of its kind in the country in partnership with NARAL State Voices.
South Wind Women’s Center, the first Trust Women clinic, opened in the very facility that housed Dr. Tiller’s former practice.
We began a program to provide intrauterine devices at less than a tenth of the cost to low-income and uninsured patients.
South Wind is the only clinic for 200 miles serving: Wichita, western Kansas, northern Oklahoma and parts of Texas.
We convinced media conglomerate Clear Channel to lift a ban on South Wind’s radio ads.
Trust Women campaigned – in conjunction with Women, Action, and the Media (WAM) – and collected 68,000 signatures of support.
We raised public support for our work, a dozen media hits and thousands of tweets.
We twice stopped attempts by anti-choice organizations to rezone our facility.
Anti-choice organizations went before the Wichita City Council and cited their own tactics (grotesque signs and their very presence) as a nuisance and a danger to the community, arguing that’s why our clinic should be shut down.
Hosted author Robin Marty for a book signing for Crow After Roe as well as a reproductive justice activist training in Kansas.
CEO Julie A. Burkhart attended the International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and presented at the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights.
We purchased Dr. Tiller’s medical facility from his wife after an exhaustive search for an appropriate building.
We invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations to clean and update the facility, which had been vacant for three years.
Trust Women started its Youth Mobilization and Leadership Program.
We worked with 12 interns from across the country and trained them in reproductive advocacy work with practical hands-on training.
We lobbied against anti-choice legislation in Kansas and Oklahoma. Trust Women:
Organized mini lobby days for Kansas constituents to voice opposition to further restrictions on women’s reproductive rights.
Provided testimony against pre-viability ban, double parental consent, targeted regulations against abortion providers and insurance ban bills.
Partnered with Oklahoma reproductive justice organizations to submit testimony in opposition to pre-viability ban legislation.
We joined in coalition work and regional pro-choice movement dialogue. Trust Women:
Hosted a Strategic Organizing Summit, with co-sponsorship from the Twist Fund, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for Oklahoma and Kansas activists, organizers and groups to learn strategies for messaging and creating coalitions to lobby legislators.
Hosted a conference funded by a National Institute for Reproductive Health grant in Topeka with Kansas legislators and community leaders that informed legislators about insurance coverage and abortion.
Co-Sponsored the Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference in Norman, Oklahoma. Julie Burkhart, our director, was a panelist.
Participated in Kansas Action and Information Network, a coalition of pro-choice organizations.
We worked to strengthen Trust Women’s roots in Wichita. Trust Women:
Planned a series of round-table discussions for Wichita-area women to participate in the reproductive rights conversation.
Participated in initial planning for Trust Women’s Bi-Annual Youth Mobilization and Leadership Program for college students.
We lobbied against Nebraska’s anti-choice pre-viability ban. Trust Women:
Assisted with grassroots organizing of Nebraskans who oppose further restrictions on women’s rights.
Sponsored parents to testify against the ban – women and families who faced pregnancies with abnormalities.
Led communications in the state of Nebraska and nationally highlighting the many flaws with the bill and the disregard for personal and family decision-making.
We leveraged support for candidates who believe women are in control of their reproductive rights.
Through social media, phone calls and web-based targeted activity, Trust Women worked to mobilize voters and activists who support women’s reproductive rights.
We made direct contributions.
We began building and anchoring Trust Women. We:
• Developed a clear vision for Trust Women.
Developed a website, which was then launched January of 2011.
Implemented key elements for the operation and success of the organization.
Built coalitions and networked in key states across the country.