In this post originally published on the Active History blog, RAARN members Shannon Stettner and Katrina Ackerman reflect on abortion politics and access thirty years after the Morgentaler decision, which struck down Canada's existing abortion law:
At this point, we are wondering what the potential impacts of the change in leadership in the US will bring to matters of reproductive justice and abortion access. Do you want to write a blog post about this? Please contact me, Colleen MacQuarrie (email@example.com) if you are interested in blogging about your ideas.
2014 brought many changes to New Brunswick. After struggling financially for many years, the Maritime Provinces’ only abortion clinic announced its closure in the spring and shut its doors in July.
Once the announcement was made, a grass roots movement took hold in Fredericton. What started as reactionary rallies hosted by the Fredericton Youth Feminists, and an ad hoc committee, evolved and has grown into a feminist collective named Reproductive Justice New Brunswick.
RAARN Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network
Shannon Stettner & Colleen MacQuarrie
The purpose for Reproductive Activism and Abortion Rights Network (RAARN) is to create a dynamic and interactive online environment for people dedicated to enhancing reproductive justice options. Our goal is to use RAARN as an inclusive resource for scholars, advocates, and activists to share their thoughts, their work, and their strategies for creating change with similarly motivated others.