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About us

Founded in 2004, Backline promotes unconditional and judgment-free support for the full spectrum of decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption. Through direct service and social change strategies, we are building a world where every person can make the reproductive decisions that are right for them, without coercion or limitation, and where the dignity of lived experiences is honored and affirmed.

Backline is best known for our toll-free Talkline, our Pregnancy Options Workshop trainings, and the nation’s first All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center. In Fall 2015 we also acquired the Faith Aloud clergy counseling program. 

As a distributed organization, Backline currently has 7 staff and 25 volunteers in Oakland, CA, Bloomington, IN, Portland, OR, and Minneapolis, MN, as well as a dynamic national board of directors. Learn more at and

Backline/All-Options believes that in an ideal world:

  • Money would not determine the quality of care, nor the range of options, available to any person

  • All people would receive respectful care and support, regardless of their location, income, gender, sexuality, age, race, ethnicity, language, immigration status, or ability

  • Society would support people to thoughtfully explore the question of whether or not they want their lives to include being a parent

  • People’s experiences with sex, pregnancy, parenting, and relationships would be met with empathy and support rather than judgment and stigma


Contact information

Date Founded: 2004

Government ID number: 87-0729403

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Phone: 5108170781

PO Box 28284, Oakland, CA, 94604, US

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