On Valentine's Day and during Black History Month, we wanted to send out a love letter celebrating the contributions and labor of Black Abortion Care providers in leadership and on the front lines in our movement. The Beloved Community we dream about is not possible without the compassionate care from Black Abortion Care providers in our communities.
So today we honor:
AJ Haynes for bringing rhythm with a power analysis that reminds us that we can hold multiple truths in the face of oppression:
We have to make sure that in the face of uncertainty and legislation and these power structures that erase our experience, that we celebrate our experience. That we celebrate dancing on a rooftop with all of our beautiful friends.
Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives owner Dalton Johnson who isn't going anywhere:
We have made a commitment that if the law does go through several years from now that we are going to be here. We might not be performing the procedure itself, but we are looking at a roadmap to be able to get women to where they need to go to receive care.
Marva Sadler's loving wisdom:
In my work as an abortion provider, I bring that same type of love into every patient encounter. It's important to me that every person who walks through our doors knows they are in a safe, nonjudgmental place and that they are loved.
Dr. Monica McLemore, an advanced practice clinician who shines a light on truth from above:
Patients need medically accurate information, not politically motivated deception about abortion.
Dr. Nikia Grayson's call to provide care for pregnant people as a nurse midwife:
I started talking to families about their experiences with infant mortality and realized this was generational in many of these families. I went home and told my husband I was going to be a midwife... I felt it strong in my spirit, especially in talking to a lot of people in the communities in Memphis. Memphis is predominantly an African American community...meeting different families, hearing their stories, and realizing that there was something missing in the community that was once there... to me it was midwives.
Dr. Yashica Robinson who knows the power of representation when it comes to providing care (and testified on Capitol Hill in support of the Women's Health Protection Act this week!):
I went into obstetrics and gynecology mainly because I wanted to work with young women like myself. I have patients, you know, they are going through their own struggles, I think that it's important for them to have somebody who they feel like they can really identify with.
We are highlighting just some of the Black leadership within ACN's membership. As we continue to celebrate and uplift the contributions of Black abortion care providers throughout the month of February, we invite you to join us in this celebration and welcome any suggestions on providers in membership we can lift up.