Research Project Aims to Improve Abortion Access in the Province

On August 3, Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin stood outside Clinic 554 to announce that the federal government would be providing $366,000 in funding to the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to conduct research to improve abortion services in New Brunswick. Atwin was joined by Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu, Saint John MP Wayne Long and Clinic 554’s Dr. Adrian Edgar.

Members of Reproductive Justice New Brunswick will be pivotal in a new community-engaged research project that was recently approved in August 2021. The project will analyze barriers to abortion access in the province, as well as the impacts and experiences of that lack of access. The research team, which will be co-led by Tobin Haley, an assistant professor at Ryerson University and Jula Hughes, adjunct professor at UNB and dean of law at Lakehead University, will include long-standing RJNB members Karen Pearlston, professor of law at UNB; Jessica Taylor, the incoming Purdy Crawford/Stephen Jarislowsky Post Doctoral Fellow in Health Policy at UNB; and Julia Hansen, a community-based activist and nurse.

To read more about the project, you can read the full articles here and here.