In early 2015, Men4Choice co-founder, Oren Jacobson, heard a presentation by a national reproductive health care policy expert and what he learned that day shocked him. Coming into the presentation, like most men in America, Oren’s support for reproductive freedom was passive at best. He always identified as pro-choice, but thought Roe v. Wade was settled law and this wasn’t really his issue or fight.
After the presentation was over, Oren was certain that most men didn’t fully understand what was at stake; they believed abortion was safely legal and easily accessible. Oren also doubted that most men knew how to engage in this fight as allies and active supporters. He certainly didn’t.
In the summer of 2015, Men4Choice launched in Illinois to educate and organize male allies in the fight for reproductive freedom in support of the leaders of this movement – the women and individuals impacted by the anti-abortion movement’s constant and growing attacks. Over the last few years, Men4Choice has trained and educated thousands of male allies in Illinois. We’ve organized on the ground to help pass multiple pieces of progressive legislation and expand pro-choice support across the state. By helping men understand what’s really at stake, creating a point of entry, and giving them the training they need, we were successful in getting men off the sidelines and into this critical work.
With attacks on reproductive rights ramping up every day, and having proven our model here in Illinois, Men4Choice is now working to expand its impact. We’ve been on the ground in several states over the last year and everywhere we’ve had conversation with local leaders and organizations in the reproductive freedom and health care space, it’s been clear to us: the work to organize male allies in this movement is urgent and critical. That’s why we’re launching the #CallBullsh*t campaign in an effort to activate, educate, and mobilize more male-identifying allies into this fight in 2020 and beyond. This campaign is going to call the attacks on abortion and reproductive health care exactly what they are – Bullsh*t. As part of this effort, we’re launching the first ever Starter Kit for pro-choice male allies – no matter where you are, you can download it and start organizing with us today by clicking here! We’re also excited to expand our organizing work on the ground alongside partners in Florida, Georgia, and Ohio. To learn more about our work, click here.
Our mission is to unconditionally support the women and impacted individuals leading this movement by activating, educating, and mobilizing male allies into the fight to protect and expand reproductive freedom.
We envision and are working towards a future where male allies are actively deconstructing misogyny by transforming the way they think about, speak about, and engage in the fight for reproductive freedom.
Our Guiding Principles
As male allies:
- We will use our voice/privilege/power to fight for reproductive freedom and justice.
- We will listen, be accountable, and grow as partners in this movement.
- We will usher in new resources to support this movement by mobilizing allies into the fight.
- We will enter this fight because of our obligation to build a more just world, not as saviors.
- We will work to change laws and change culture, with an emphasis on understanding how sexism and racism fuel these oppressive laws and the entire anti-abortion movement.
Our Theory Of Change
Rather than debate men who may be opposed to abortion, Men4Choice focuses exclusively on activating passively pro-choice male allies and mobilizing them into action. With more than 60 million adult men in America who broadly support the right to choose, our mission is to expand the power of the movement for reproductive freedom by turning more of those men from passive supporters into allies organized for action, unconditionally supporting those most impacted by the harmful agenda of the anti-choice minority in our country. By equipping these allies with the knowledge they need and training them to organize their peers, we empower them to challenge the toxic culture which drives these oppressive laws and bring new activists into this fight.
Men4Choice Education & Advocacy
Men4Choice Education, the organization’s 501(c)3 arm, is focused on educating male allies about the reality of the fight for reproductive rights, the harm unjust and oppressive laws are causing, and how they can engage effectively as allies. We use political education, digital campaigns, educational forums, community and peer-to-peer organizing to move men from being passive supporters to informed and active allies in the movement.
Men4Choice Advocacy, the organization’s 501(c)4 arm, is focused on mobilizing male allies into legislative and electoral fights as partners in the movement for reproductive freedom. We use online and offline organizing tactics – such as canvassing, lobbying, voter education – to recruit and train activists in support of local and national partners leading the fight.