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Abortion to Abolition: The Path to Reproductive Health & Justice in Canada

February 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the Talk

In the face of the fall of Roe in the US in 2022, it is critical for people in Canada to understand the unique and progressive legal standing of abortion in this country, and recognize our greatest threats to reproductive justice. Sexual violence, criminalization of sex work, reproductive oppression of Indigenous people; and the racism and colonialism of policing and prison systems violate the bodily autonomy and reproductive rights of people in Canada everyday. The abortion movement must embrace the philosophies of abolition to make the next leap in improving reproductive health and justice.

About the Speaker

Dr. Martha Paynter (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick and a registered nurse working in abortion and reproductive health care. Dr. Paynter is founder and director of Wellness Within: An Organization for Health and Justice, and is the author of Abortion to Abolition: Reproductive Health and Justice in Canada, published by Fernwood Publishing. With 20 years of experience working to advance health equity, Dr. Paynter’s practice, teaching and research focus on the intersection of reproductive health and the justice system. She has a PhD from Dalhousie University School of Nursing.