10 Things Architects Can Do To Support Abortion Access

Buttons saying architects for abortion access.

1. LISTEN to Reproductive Justice organizations sharing safe and legal actions:
SisterSong, Liberate Abortion, NARAL, Women on Waves, I Need An A, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, & more…

2. LEARN about the history of abortion in the U.S. and architects’ role in protecting access:
Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals (2013) by Lori Brown; Architecture + Abortion Reading List hosted on the WDA Website.

3. TALK about abortion and remove the stigma!
and use gender-inclusive language since reproductive justice affects all genders, identities, and bodies.

4. SHARE fundraisers, information, resources from trusted sources:
Funding: Keep Our Clinics, National Network of Abortion Funds;
Policy/Law: Guttmacher Institute, NARAL, Center for Reproductive Rights, If/When/How, & more…

5. PROMOTE solidarity with ongoing design movements for equity and justice:
NOMA, Design As Protest, Dark Matter University, Architexx, Parity Front, Parlour, Beyond the Built Environment, Black Reconstruction Collective, Architects Declare, Architects Climate Action Network, & many more…

6. CHECK if your firm includes abortion and reproductive care in employee health coverage…
…or if your university will cover expenses related to abortion, sexual health and well-being, and child care.

7. ADVOCATE for freedom and liberty in the built environment:
Anti-Racist Design Resources List, via Design As Protest

8. VOTE for pro-choice candidates in all elections!
Check for endorsements by Emily’s List, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, & local organizations.

Time and money towards existing reproductive justice efforts and in your community. Call, email, text, and write to your local and state representatives and demand pro-choice legislation.

10. SIGN-UP and DESIGN better health centers in the U.S.!
Current link HERE to sign up for the private list of architects and health care designers.

A version of this list was first posted at the School of Architecture on 8.31.22 and online on 9.6.22.