Abortion Bans Are Bad For Immigrant Health + Human Rights

By Nzingha H. Immigrant communities in the U.S. face immense challenges in achieving bodily autonomy and reproductive justice, and abortion bans exacerbate the problem. From harsh immigration policies that exacerbate barriers to clinical procedures, to lack of access to contraception and prenatal care. Persons living in the U.S. without permanent legal status risk family separation […]

The Intersection of Reproductive Justice and Climate Change

By Sierra R. & Musa S.    It’s easy to hear “climate change is a Reproductive Justice issue”, and be confused. Reproductive Justice (​RJ) and ​climate change probably seem like distinct topics, but they are actually very interconnected on several levels!  RJ advocates for personal bodily autonomy and self-determination over health decisions, the directing of […]

Honoring Hydeia Broadbent on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Nzingha H. When we think of the leaders and trailblazers within the modern HIV/AIDS movement, we should look to none other than Hydeia Broadbent. Hydeia Broadbent was the youth voice that made the world listen. She elevated and uplifted the conversations about viral transmission, prevention, and the dismantling of stigma, at a time when […]

ARC-Southeast Supports Floridians Against Repressive Abortion Bans!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARC-Southeast stands in firm opposition to Florida’s recent enactment of a 6-week abortion ban, set to take effect on May 1, which will push birthing people into even more dangerous, troubling circumstances for simply trying to access reproductive care. This draconian law is not only a direct attack on reproductive freedoms but […]

Toni Cade Bambara, Black History Month, & Organizing

Get in the field! Mouth don’t win the war. By Zoe Bambara   “Revolution begins with the self, in the self…It may be lonely. Certainly painful. It’ll take time. We’ve got time. That of course is an unpopular utterance these days. Instant coffee is the hallmark of current rhetoric. But we do have time. We’d […]

ARC-Southeast Responds to Alabama’s IVF Embryo Ruling

“In light of the recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court, which classifies frozen embryos as ‘children,’ ARC-Southeast stands in firm opposition to this outrageous decision that further encroaches on reproductive rights and freedoms,” said Angel Whaley, ARC-Southeast’s Co-Executive Director. “This ruling not only complicates the already fraught journey for those seeking IVF treatments, but […]

Brittany Watts, Policing, and Bodily Autonomy

By Britni Louise Introduction Brittany Watts, a 34-year-old Black woman from Warren County, Ohio, faced a deeply personal and painful ordeal that turned into a public nightmare. After being informed that her pregnancy was not viable at 22 weeks gestational age and having her medical care be unnecessarily delayed by the hospital administration, Brittany suffered […]

Bigger Than Roe: The Limits of ‘Choice’

By Angel Whaley, ARC-Southeast Co-Executive Director I had a dentist appointment not too long ago, and I was reminded once again that I have yet to remove my wisdom teeth, ugh. They don’t really bother me, but I should’ve had them taken out years ago. My dentist gave me a referral to a specialist in […]

What Does ‘Bodily Autonomy’ Mean?

What Does ‘Bodily Autonomy’ Mean? How is it Related to Reproductive Justice? [Trigger/Content Warning: This article mentions rape, forced sterilization, and other instances of reproductive/sexual violence]   Bodily autonomy is a foundational principle of reproductive justice. Bodily Autonomy refers to each person’s right to make decisions about their own body, without coercion or limits imposed […]

Letter: Reproductive Justice Includes Palestinian Liberation

Southern Synergy: from the South to the Global South We work with southerners every day, supporting them with their abortion appointments, uplifting their stories, and helping them navigate the dangerous web of abortion bans, intentional misinformation, and reproductive oppression. When our callers express frustration with the many barriers they face, we affirm them and emphasize […]

ARC-Southeast: GA Supreme Court’s ‘Forced Pregnancy’ Ruling Won’t Stop Us

ATLANTA, GA — This morning, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled to uphold the state’s oppressive six-week abortion ban, a devastating blow to reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy. This dangerous law, which bans abortion before most people even know they are pregnant, will force countless Georgians to either travel out of state for essential healthcare or […]

Big News: ARC-Southeast Names Alexia Rice-Henry and Angel Whaley as New Co-Executive Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Musa Springer, ARC-Southeast Media & Communications Manager, [email protected]   ##### We are thrilled to announce that Alexia Rice-Henry and Angel Whaley have officially stepped into the roles of Co-Executive Directors here at ARC-Southeast, continuing our tradition of leaning into bold, Black leadership! Strategic and Decisive Leadership Experience Alexia Rice-Henry is a […]

Abortion Funds 101 – Direct Aid and Solidarity

Abortion funds play a vital role in the Reproductive Justice movement by providing both direct financial and logistical assistance to individuals seeking reproductive care, including abortion. These grassroots groups, like us here at Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (ARC-Southeast), work to break down the many barriers to accessing abortion, affirming people’s right to bodily autonomy in the […]

A Farewell Message from Jalessah J., Our Outgoing Interim Executive Director

Dear ARC-Southeast Community,  As I sit down to write this, a wave of mixed emotions washes over me. Today, I write to express my heartfelt gratitude and bid farewell as the outgoing interim Executive Director of Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (ARC-Southeast). While I am looking forward to the opportunities and new adventures that lie ahead of […]

Mifepristone is vital for bodily autonomy and self-managed abortions. Here’s our take on the recent court ruling.

Last week, a three-judge panel from the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a dangerous ruling upholding completely baseless and medically unnecessary restrictions on mifepristone access, seeking to roll back the FDA’s approval of the well-researched medication. This medication has been safely used for abortion care and miscarriage management for over 20 years, and […]