Since 2004, Backline has been promoting unconditional and judgment-free support for the full spectrum of experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption.
Backline was born in Portland, OR, where an activist named Grayson Dempsey first envisioned a new kind of organization – one that would cut across political conflicts and false dichotomies to support people in all their reproductive options and experiences. Building on her work in the abortion, adoption, and reproductive health sectors, Grayson rallied a group of women to found Backline, and served as the organization’s first Board President from inception through the end of 2009.
Over the past decade, Backline has evolved from an all-volunteer effort to a national organization with staff, board, and volunteers in Portland OR, Oakland CA, Bloomington IN, and beyond! Our national toll-free Talkline, Pregnancy Options Workshops, and All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center continue to set the standard for open-hearted and unbiased all-options pregnancy support.