A moving target: What abortion access looks like in Nova Scotia

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‘Anyone who is considering those services can self-refer via the toll-free phone number, affirms Martha Paynter, a nurse advocate and PhD candidate at Dalhousie University School of Nursing: ‘That call will be answered.’ The person calling will be connected with the nearest ultrasound, serology—blood testing—and abortion provider as needed.

But like anything during a period of change, access to the most up-to-date information isn't always easy. ‘Things are changing so fast,’ says Paynter, ‘that a person's experience eight months ago, that's not how things are anymore.’ She describes it as a moving target, ‘which is fabulous," because things are improving. But the speed they're improving at mean it's a bigger challenge for practitioners to keep up with these changes.

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Grace Szucs