OBOS’s credibility and reputation have been central to establishing the organization as a key voice in policy, advocacy and educational efforts related to women’s health.

As a member of Consumers United For Evidence-Based Healthcare (CUE), OBOS works with the U.S. Cochrane Center and other scientists to communicate the language of evidence-based healthcare, strengthen the voice of consumers, and provide leadership in healthcare research.

General areas of focus include access to contraception and abortion, the damaging effects of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, genetics and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), sexuality and body image (including breast implant safety), expanding access to midwifery care, and conflicts of interest in education, research and clinical practice.

Each year, OBOS identifies a select number of policy initiatives and offers sustained, in-depth engagement and leadership. Recent efforts include: working to prevent the patenting of breast cancer genesbuilding support for certified professional midwives; and working with our global partners to improve access to information and best practices around cross-border surrogacy.

Our domestic and international partnerships continue to grow as we seek greater reproductive justice and improved health care policies. Current and recent colleagues include:


Black Women’s Health Imperative

Breast Cancer Action

Center for Genetics and Society

Council for Responsible Genetics

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Home Birth Consensus Summit

International Center for Technology Assessment

• Ipas

Massachusetts Friends of Midwives

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

National Center for Health Research

National Women’s Health Network

NIH: Office of Research on Women’s Health


Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research

Reproductive Health Matters (Journal)


Sama Resource Group for Women and Health

Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights

Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC)

World Health Organization