One reproductive justice organization in the South prepares to navigate potentially six different abortion laws

Abortion-rights activists took to the streets of Atlanta march to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court on June 25, 2022. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

The South is anticipating some of the most stringent abortion laws in the country since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. Georgia’s restrictive abortion law is still stuck in the courts. A decision could come mid-July.

Access Reproductive Care Southeast (ARC) provides financial and practical support to folks seeking abortion access in six southeastern states—including Georgia.

Interim executive director Jalessah Jackson told WABE the reproductive justice organization is still preparing to operate across those six different states, each with potentially different abortion laws.

Jackson also said ARC focuses on centering women of color, and the organization had already been tackling additional barriers their callers face.

When Jackson sat down with WABE’s ‘All Things Considered,’ she said that last month ARC’s helpline had the highest number of calls she’s ever seen.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.