SRJ Tenets

There are many ways to help fight for sexual and reproductive justice. Here are some actions you can take grouped by tenet.

Tenet 1: Choose to have or not have children

Abortion Access Fund Bill

This bill is related to establishing an abortion access fund and allows New York State taxpayers to make gifts to the fund on their personal income tax returns. From the bill, “One in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45*. Despite the common and necessary nature of this health care service, economic and logistical barriers can make it difficult to access this care. In 2019, the legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act, affirming the fundamental right to abortion care here in New York. As states across this country enact dangerous legislation that severely restricts or outright bans access to abortion care, New York must continue to demonstrate its strong commitment to reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy. This bill provides an effective means to improve access to this health care service and affords the majority of New York taxpayers who support the right to abortion care, the ability to personally contribute to entities that help to make that right a reality for those who are financially struggling.”

Donate to New York State Abortion Access Fund (NYSAAF)

The New York Abortion Access Fund provides support to anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or travelling to NYS by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources.  

Comprehensive Sex Ed | Assembly Bill A4604

2023-2024 Legislative Session | Requires comprehensive sexuality instruction for students in grades K-12 which includes a model curricula for comprehensive sexuality education and at a minimum conforms to the content and scope of national sexuality education standards.

Services That Pertain To This Tenet

211 Life Line

211's Reproductive Health Page

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

East House

Monroe County Human Services Programs

Outreach & Education | Trillium Health

Reproductive Health | 211 Life Line

Resources | PP Moxie

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services 24-Hour Hotlines: 585-546-2777 (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming Counties) & 1-800-656-4673 (Elsewhere in the U.S.)

Trans Lifeline


Birthing Health |Local Resources Page

Abortion Care | Local Resources Page

Tenet 2: Choose the conditions under which to give birth or create a family

Support local Rochester podcast

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Services That Pertain To This Tenet

The Abortion Pill | Planned Parenthood

Adoption Services | NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Birth Control | Planned Parenthood

Center for Gynecological Care & Wellness | Trillium Health

Children Awaiting Parents

CNY Fertility Rochester

Fertility Care | Rochester Regional Health

Gender Affirming Hormone Care | PPCWNY

Genesee Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

Monroe County Foster Care FAQs

PFLAG Rochester

Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York

Positive Divas Women's Support Group

Positive Warriors Men's Support Group

PPCWNY Services

RAE (Resources for Abortion Education)

Rochester Center for Sexual Wellness

South Avenue Women's Services

Strong Fertility Center

Transgender Center of Excellence | Trillium Health

Tenet 3: Care for our children with the necessary social support in a safe and healthy environment

Support Rochester Mutual Aid Network

Rochester Mutual Aid Network is working to help our community sustain itself by connecting people who are in need of aid to those who can offer it. We are a resource-rich community with the social support needed to create a safe and healthy environment for our children, but many of us are not aware of these resources. Supporting networks like Roc Mutual Aid that connect the community to needed resources allows us to grow stronger as a community and make necessary connections, especially in times of crisis.

Services That Pertain To This Tenet

211 Housing Information

Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Center | Rochester Regional Health

Behavioral Wellness | Trillium Health

Bivona Child Advocacy Center

Child & Family Services | Monroe County

Child Care Council

Child Protective Services | Monroe County

Children's Institute

Compeer Rochester

Crisis Information Cheat Sheet | Monroe County

Gender Expansive Kids Group | Trillium Health

Hillside Children’s Center

Housing | 211

In Control

Mental Health Association

Mt. Hope Family Center

NAMI Rochester

Parenting Techniques Group | Mental Health Association

Parenting Village

Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness | Golisano Children's Hospital

Resources for Families | Golisano Children's Hospital

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services


Trans Teen Support Group

Villa of Hope

Tenet 4: Be free from violence at home and in our communities

Defund police and alternatives to policing

Being free from violence at home and in our communities is essential for a safe and nurturing environment in which to create and establish a family. Calling police often escalates situations and leads to violence. Alternatives to policing can reduce violence, especially that perpetrated by police, and provide the community the much needed social support and resources it needs.

Services That Pertain To This Tenet

24-Hour Hotline for Youth in Crisis: 585-271-7670

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Action for a Better Community

The Center for Youth

Mental Health | 211 Life Line

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Monroe County Family Support Center

Office of Violence Prevention | City of Rochester

Pathways to Peace

Rochester Peace Collective

Willow Domestic Violence Center

Tenet 5: Express our sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender freely

NYS Comprehensive Sex Education Bill

From the Senate bill, “Currently, New York does not instruct students in medically accurate, age appropriate comprehensive sexual education. Instruction in sexual education results in improved educational outcomes for students. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of social-emotional skills program led to significant reduction in dropout rates. Studies have also found that students who receive comprehensive sexuality education delay the initiation and reduce the frequency of sexual intercourse, have fewer sexual partners, and practice safe sex.”

Services That Pertain To This Tenet

Ambush Rochester

Les Gather

Gender Expansive Kids Group | Trillium Health

The MOCHA Center

Queer Solidarity Group | ROC DSA

Rattlesnake Revue



Rochester Center for Sexual Wellness

Rochester Rainbow Union

Trans Teen Support Group

Tenet 6: Control our own bodies, free from any form of sexual or reproductive oppression

Limited Service Pregnancy Center Study Bill

This study will examine “the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in NY and the impact of limited services pregnancy centers on the ability of women to obtain accurate, non-coercive health care information and timely access to a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care services in alignment with their health care needs and that supports personal decision-making.” Limited services pregnancy centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, prey on vulnerable people who are seeking reproductive health care. The impact of these centers is unknown and research is needed to establish if reproductive oppression is occurring.

Services That Pertain To This Tenet

Fake Clinics Exposed - Rochester, NY

How to Identify Fake Clinics

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

Positive Divas Women's Support Group

Positive Warriors Men's Support Group

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services

Socialist Feminist Collective | ROC DSA

Willow Domestic Violence Center