What abortion law changes in the states mean for Canadians

“Although abortion rights are protected in our Constitution, many are worried that Canadian abortion laws will be changed by conservative lawmakers.

‘We have seen increasing election of Conservative governments across the country,’ says Martha Paynter, a registered nurse based in Halifax who fights for reproductive freedom.

Although governments can't explicitly change abortion laws, Paynter thinks they are starting with small issues.

‘They're certainly doing their best to undermine reproductive justice in other ways,’ she says. ‘Things like Doug Ford's actions to destroy quality sex education in Ontario, that's one of the first steps to undermining bodily autonomy.’

Paynter stresses that abortions in Canada are primary health care, meaning they're provided by doctors and nurse practitioners, not by specialists. . .”

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Grace Szucs