Patients to Advocates is seeking applicants for the 2017 cohort! 

Patients to Advocates is a leadership development program for people who have had an abortion(s) and are interested in using their experience to become dynamic leaders within the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. From March to November 2017, participants will meet twice a month in Cleveland to learn about abortion access, abortion stigma, and spirituality as it relates to reproductive health, storytelling, reproductive justice, policy, canvassing, media, and lobbying.

Patients to Advocates is a joint project of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm.

Successful applicants are those who are pro-choice, interested in advocacy, and display a clear passion for the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. Having had an abortion is a requirement to be in the program. Applications will continue to be accepted until all slots are filled.

Application and additional details can be found here.

Their work in 2016 involved a variety of efforts to talk to their community about the importance of abortion access. As a group, they were a part of the All Access concert in Cleveland to share a poem about their experiences.

More recently, they were interviewed by Bustle.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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